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24th August, 2016

New programme set to start transforming healthcare for children and young people

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190,000 children and young people in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark will see their local health services transformed by an innovative change programme funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity and delivered in partnership with King’s College London.

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 – to bring 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. The Charity has committed £6.7 million over four years, and has released almost £2.8 million to start implementation.

The grant will help the programme to start implementing a new model of care designed to improve child health and everyday healthcare by:

  • Creating child health teams of GPs and other primary care staff working more closely with paediatricians, mental health workers and other specialists, with a greater focus on health promotion.
  • Delivering children’s healthcare closer to home and schools
  • Training health and non-health professionals, including teachers, to be better at identifying and addressing the physical and emotional needs of children
  • Breaking down organisational boundaries to centre care around children’s needs and make services more friendly and accessible
  • Addressing health inequities for some of the most vulnerable children – for example through investing in meeting the specific health needs of Looked-After Children and young people.

 

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