Our ambition is that children receive holistic, integrated care that supports them at a biological, psychological and social level. As such, we have developed a comprehensive approach to securing and improving health. Families understand and are supported in proactively managing their own health, and a multi-disciplinary team of child health specialists is available to provide additional care when needed. To achieve our ambitions, we are working to strengthen the health system by influencing the macro-determinants that affect health.
We began developing the Child Health Integrated Learning and Delivery System (CHILDS) Framework in 2013 by forming the Children and Young People’s Health Partnership (CYPHP), a group of like-minded experts committed to improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people. The CHILDS Framework was developed in collaboration with key stakeholders including children and young people, carers, front-line practitioners and health service commissioners. Frustrated by the challenges confronting the health system for children, we wanted to develop a model of smarter care for children and their families.
CHILDS was developed by the Children and Young People's Health Partnership (CYPHP). Central to our partnership are the local children, young people and families who we serve. It brought together partners from local healthcare providers and commissioners, hospital and university to improve the delivery of healthcare to children.
The CYPHP team comprises clinicians, managers, and researchers. We work on implementation, delivery and evaluation of this innovative partnership model of care.
The Children and Young People's Health Partnership (CYPHP) are a group of like-minded child health clinicians and research experts committed to improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people. We began working together in 2013, collaborating with children and young people, carers, and front-line practitioners. Frustrated by the challenges confronting the UK health system for children, we wanted to develop a smarter model of care for children and their families that would help to overcome the systemic barriers to improved health. Our work is underpinned by a rights-based approach to child health, and a belief that children should have holistic, preventative, and expert care that takes into consideration their environment, mental wellbeing, and physical condition.
Our model of care is different because we apply science to everyday care. Compassionate care that is data-led enables more personalised care and higher quality health services, as well as continuous learning and improvement. Children are cared for by a dedicated team of multi-disciplinary child health specialists, with expertise in mental and physical health conditions, in health promotion as well as treating diseases. Our data-driven population approach allows us to reduce health inequalities, because we use existing data to proactively target children for early intervention prevention and care. By improving health and healthcare at population level, we can ensure fair and equitable care for children with the highest needs, the ones who too often experience disproportionate disadvantage.
We’ve spent a decade developing and testing our Child Health Integrated Learning and Delivery System or CHILDS Framework approach. It is effective, delivers high quality care, reduces costs, and reduces inequalities. Our approach is underpinned by a clinical academic partnership, enabling continuous learning and improvement, helping to build the evidence base for child health.
The Child Health Integrated Learning and Delivery System (CHILDS) approach is a simple and effective approach to care that uses population health management and integrated care to deliver more holistic and early intervention care to children.
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