Aug 18, 2016
190,000 children and young people in Lambeth and Southwark will see their local health services transformed by an innovative change programme.
The Lambeth and Southwark Children and Young People's Health Partnership (CYPHP) is an ambitious programme - one of the biggest of its kind in Europe - bringing together organisations and families to improve everyday healthcare and care for long-term conditions for the youngest in the two boroughs. It seeks to improve the health of children, for example by enhancing healthcare to improve outcomes and shaping services so that the children who need care the most, get the best services possible. This is a £6.7 million programme over four years and we have committed nearly £2.8 million to start implementation.
The grant will help the programme to start applying a new model of care designed to improve child health and everyday healthcare by:
Kieron Boyle, our Chief Executive, said “The health of children and young people has to be the highest priority. Sadly, across the UK and here in South London, we’re not doing as well as we need to be. Not only does the UK have one of Europe’s highest child mortality rates, but child mortality in Southwark is 30% higher than the average in England. Young people’s A&E attendances in Lambeth and Southwark are also higher than in the rest of the country.
“The Lambeth and Southwark Children and Young People’s Health Partnership will make a vital contribution to addressing these and other issues for the long term. It is founded on strong partnerships, hugely motivated individuals and a shared commitment to learn. Underpinning it is a crucial premise: improving health should happen as close to the family as possible, by boosting family expertise and improving local healthcare and support. Our hope is that the programme will help to change mindsets, test new approaches and inspire similarly ambitious work elsewhere.”
Dr Ingrid Wolfe, Programme Director of CYPHP said, "It is very exciting and a great privilege to be involved in this enthusiastic partnership, working together to improve child health. Through supporting families and professionals to provide better care at home and in community settings, such as GP practices and schools, we will respond to the local needs of parents, children and young people. With the new support from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, we are all looking forward to implementing the work we have started.”
The Partnership involves NHS Lambeth and NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Groups, Lambeth and Southwark Local Authorities, GP Federations, parents, carers and young people working alongside King's Health Partners – comprised of Guy’s and St Thomas’ (which includes Evelina London Children’s Healthcare), King’s College Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts, as well as King's College London. These partners have long supported the transformation that the Children and Young People’s Health Partnership is now seeking to implement and evaluate.
Andrew Eyres, Chief Officer of NHS Lambeth CCG and co-Chair of the Lambeth and Southwark Children and Young People's Health Partnership Programme Board said “The partners are committed to working together to make a real difference to improve the health and wellbeing of the children we serve. The results from pilots during the Programme’s design phase were encouraging and we now look forward to building on these results to realise the programme’s full potential."
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