Maternity, Children and Young People Programme - May 2019

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Children and Young People update from Helen Riley, Senior Responsible Officer for Children and Young People

In my first update for the newly formed Children and Young People part of the programme, I shared the priorities we had developed to date based on our Joint Needs Assessment and that we planned to share these priorities with our partners.

If you recall these priorities are:

  • Reducing demand across both health and social care services with a focus on the most vulnerable (looked after children in need)
  • Embedding an preventative approach with a focus on early years, positive parenting and early interventions
  • Work across the system to improve pathways and transition points for children with complex health needs.

In April we engaged with representatives from Staffordshire’s Young People’s Forums to test out the priorities. We have also held a workshop with the Together We’re Better Clinical Leaders Group this month where we received very positive and constructive feedback, alongside suggestions on how we can join up local government approaches to place-based working within the new Primary Care Networks and Integrated Care Teams.

All the above has been supported with the identification of Dr Mona Arora as our new Primary Care Clinical Lead. We are also working closely with the Clinical Commissioning Groups’ strategic lead, while a programme manager has also been identified.

Draft terms of reference for our task and finish groups have been develop; linking to other work programmes. We have also been identifying key priorities from NHS Long Term Plan in relation to children and young people.

Further conversations are taking place to align governance arrangements across existing Children and Young People Partnership Boards with Together We’re Better. We are also awaiting the outcome of a bid for Parenting Support submitted to Health Education England.