27 April 2017

PRSB workshops setting standards for child health records

‚ÄčThe first child health workshop on birth events was held earlier this month, attended by almost 70 professionals, parents and IT suppliers.

The standards for child health events are being developed in partnership with NHS Digital, in order to implement NHS England's digital child health strategy and better support children and their families. The standards will outline the information that should be collected at the point of care, so that people experience joined-up services, as well as safer, better quality and more timely care.

Covering topics such as feeding, birth weight and factors that could affect a child's health during pregnancy, the group discussed appropriate headings, as well as the quality and type of information that needs to be recorded for the different people involved in a child's care.

The views expressed by participants in the workshop will inform the development of standards for recording a child's birth and early development history. Meanwhile, the first of three online surveys, birth details and new born screening, is now live on our website and can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/58CY3SH

The second and third workshops for child health events, which will cover health visitor and primary care events and developmental checks, will take place in June and July respectively. The final report should be delivered in September before it goes out for endorsement, and is likely to be published in late 2017/early 2018.

What people are saying about the PRSB

We caught up with parents and professionals at this month's Child Health Events workshop, to find out what people thought about the work of the PRSB.

"Even in today's high-tech world, there isn't one joined-up record. Getting this right is vital, but with so many different settings and digital systems, it's not easy. Children get seen by so many different people. We need to be able to collate information so it can be shared between all care providers." Stephen Tomlin, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

"It's essential that we're collaborating together to develop a tool that will be useful for our most valued resource, which is our children. Standards are the bedrock of the future delivery of services and we must ensure that they are robust, to help us strive to achieve better outcomes." Elizabeth Gray, chair of the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists.

"It's reassuring as a parent to know that whoever looks after my child, that person will have all the information needed. They'll have the full history and I'll know that everyone has the child's best interest at heart. The event has been really interesting and I've really felt I've been able to contribute quite a lot as a parent." Pippa Hammett, parent representative.

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