There are over 15 million under 20s in England, accounting for nearly 25% of the population. Events that occur in early life affect health and wellbeing in later life. Acting early is underpinned by sound science and sound finance. Investing in children and young people’s physical and mental health makes sense and will not only benefit the population, but reduce pressure on the NHS in the long term.
This framework supports and enables senior children and young people’s nurses to achieve good and outstanding care standards for children and young people’s health services. It integrates policy guidance with the most frequent reasons the Care Quality Commission (CQC) gives for rating children’s services as ‘requiring improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ as identified in our review of CQC reports.
We recommend the framework forms part of an organisation’s quality improvement programme and is implemented using quality improvement methodology, embodying the principle of continual learning. Organisations should adapt it to meet their local population and workforce needs.
A framework to support challenged children and young people’s health services achieve a good or outstanding CQC rating
Improvement and assessment framework that can be adapted locally as part of continual learning.