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.
The UK has among the highest child mortality rate in Western Europe. Improving outcomes requires a combined approach including high quality care that responds to children’s health needs, enabled through a strong health system, surrounded by a fairer, more equal society, and healthier environment for children.
Poverty causes ill health and prevents children from reaching their full potential in life.
Poverty means illness is often more likely while care may be harder to access. Healthcare must incorporate a holistic approach to child health, understanding that poverty affects all aspects of a child’s health and life chances.
One in eight children experience mental health conditions; around 25% if they have a co-existing physical health condition. Yet 75% of children with mental health conditions are not being treated, and healthcare traditionally divides physical and mental health. Healthcare must offer a biopsychosocial approach to care.
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