23 November 2016

New standards for children’s out of hospital care

It is important that healthcare professionals and services can respond to the specific healthcare needs of children and young people.  In response to this, Healthy London Partnership has been working with London healthcare professionals, young people and their families, providers and commissioners to publish out of hospital care standards for London’s children and young people.

This document is aimed at commissioners and providers of out of hospital healthcare services for children. It has brought together information and standards for care into one place to enable the effective commissioning of services that meet these required minimum standards. Providers can use these standards to undertake a self-assessment of their ability to deliver the required quality of out of hospital care for children. They can be used to validate, challenge, to quality assure services and improve quality.

A compendium of case studies is also available online to provide details of out-of-hospital healthcare services for acutely unwell children.  Find out how other organisations have developed place-based models of care for treating acutely unwell children and young people in the most appropriate location for their needs. Details are included where a service has carried out an evaluation and local contact details are provided for more information.  UCLPartners has contributed to this compendium through its evaluation of the Whittington’s Hospital at Home service.

Find out more at the links below:

Standards for providing out of hospital care

Compendium of case studies for the acutely unwell child