Weekly political news round up – 13th March 2015

March 13, 2015 in News by Whitehouse

Around the sector

The Department for Education and the Department of Health have announced £2.2 million of funding for local authorities to implement the ‘integrated review’, which brings together the Healthy Child Programme (HCP) and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) assessments of child development. It was also announced that, following successful pilots, the review will be extended to cover the 275,000 two-year-olds who are not currently attending early education settings.

The Department for Education and 4Children have produced a booklet for parents that allows them to check how their child is learning and developing during their first five years, in relation to the social, physical and communication milestones outlined in the EYFS. References to being able to use the toilet, or to tell an adult that access to a toilet is needed, are made throughout the booklet.

The Department of Health has published case studies of good practice in the health visitor programme, divided into 6 high impact areas, including the two-year review. The two-year review case study focused on the introduction of a universal 3.5-year core contact in Calderdale as part of the core health-visiting programme delivered to families. The case study found that establishing the contact led to better school readiness, referencing toilet training as an example of an improved area.

Health Service Journal has published a map showing which clinical commissioning groups will be taking on full-delegated responsibility for general practice from April, as well as those who will be jointly commissioning services.

Children and Young People’s Health Outcome Forum publishes annual report for 2014-2015

The Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum (CYPHOF) has published its annual report for 2014-15, in which it reviews progress on improving health outcomes for children and young people. The report found that whilst progress is being made, the pace in the UK lags behind countries in northern and western Europe, such as Sweden.

The CYPHOF was established in January 2012 as an independent expert advisory group to provide expertise, constructive challenge and evidence-based advice to improve children and young people’s health outcomes and healthcare and to drive up standards.

The report updated that there has been progress with the introduction of new indicators in the NHS and Public Health Outcomes Framework, as well as through getting key organisations, such as NHS England, Public Health England and Health Education England, to identify the need for and appoint national clinical leaders on children and young people.

The CYPHOF has developed a short paper for the Chief Medical Officer, to be published as part of the Health Outcomes Theme Group report, which will conclude that there are “worrying negative trends”, notably in terms of emergency department attendance for children and young people with long term conditions, as well as worsening geographical variation and disparities among different socioeconomic groups.

The report recommended that the next Government should develop and implement a Children and Young People’s Health Strategy, closely working with stakeholders, including children and young people.