Children and young people in the UK suffer worse health and well-being outcomes than their peers in comparable countries across a range of physical and mental health measures, including overall mortality and deaths from long-term conditions such as epilepsy, asthma and diabetes. While social determinants, in particular relatively high rates of child poverty, account for some of this mortality gap, there is growing evidence that many deaths could be prevented through more accessible and higher quality NHS care.
Key themes to guide future quality measurement work for Children and young People (CYP) services:
- increase awareness of, and engagement with, quality measurement for CYP
- improve collaboration and partnership working
- focus on what matters most to children, young people and families
- simplify where possible
- combine existing and new data sources
- link measurement to action.