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Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group

Guideline’s launched to help manage common conditions within children

Children's Guidelines
A new set of guidelines aimed at improving the quality of care for children and young people has been launched.

The three Clinical Commissioning Groups (NHS South Worcestershire, NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove and NHS Wyre Forest) have worked with Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and Worcestershire County Council to develop the guidelines to manage conditions such as asthma, croup, fever, bronchiolitis and gastroenteritis.

The demand for NHS services nationally is increasing and these guidelines look, in particular, to ensure that children and young people receive the right care, helping to reduce the demand placed on primary and secondary care services.

The Children’s Urgent Care Guidelines are in place to support healthcare professionals across the county to provide high quality, consistent, evidence based care for children and young people in Worcestershire.
Dr Philip Thompson, GP Lead for Children at NHS South Worcestershire CCG was involved in developing these guidelines with other GP Leads across the county.

Dr Thompson commented: “A lot of hard work has gone into developing these guidelines and it’s very pleasing to now see them out there for health professionals to use.

“The guidelines have been developed to support staff, share learning and expertise across all organisations to ensure patients receive consistent, high quality urgent care.”

Dr Andrew Short, Consultant Paediatrician at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “There are huge demands on the NHS and by developing these guidelines it’s hoped that we can reduce admissions to hospital by improving how children and young people are managed in all settings.

“The document has been put together using national guidance from NICE and SIGN, alongside local evidence based guidelines and with a strong clinical input.”

Stephanie Courts, Children’s Nurse Consultant at Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust said: “Our aim is to ensure parents are given clear and reliable advice about common childhood illnesses. They need to have confidence in caring for their children and be able to access the right help at the right time from the right professional.”


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