What does it mean?

CYPHP is committed to using the best available evidence to shape and deliver healthcare for children and young people. In addition, CYPHP is dedicated to improving the knowledge base for children and young people's (CYP) healthcare. This means that we can continuously improve health and healthcare for children and young people.

Why is it needed?

Health research about CYP has traditionally been a laboratory-based endeavour. Most work has focused on developing medicines and technologies. The advances made in paediatric medicine have been tremendous. Now we need to turn our attention urgently towards making sure that we organise and deliver CYP healthcare in the best possible ways.

What makes it happen?

We are developing a Learning Health System for Children and Young People. Click here for more information. We are focusing on research areas that concern the health needs of most CYP, and ensuring that we have a means of translating knowledge directly into improvements in care. Our motivation in CYPHP is to improve health across the whole CYP population. That's why we are directing our efforts towards improving knowledge in areas that matter most to the largest number of children and young people, and using that knowledge to improve healthcare for CYP.

CYPHP research and evaluation is led by a dedicated team of researchers, clinicians, analysts, and managers working in partnership with the CYPHP programme team and with local children, young people, and families. We are part of King's Health Partners, our Academic Health Science Centre, which comprises King's College London, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust (including Evelina London Children's Healthcare), King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. And we work in close partnership with our partners in primary care and our local commissioners of care Lambeth and Southwark CCGs, and their partner Local Authorities including schools.

CYPHP research and evaluation is part of a growing research group, the Maternal - CYP Population Health and Policy Research group (MCPPR). MCPPR is developing two broad work streams:

Building a Learning Health System for the Maternal-CYP continuum

This means conducting maternal and child health service delivery, systems, and policy research. The purpose is to produce and use evidence to design, test, implement, and evaluate public health and healthcare interventions, providing the basis for a continuous cycle of improved health and care quality and safety for women and children.

Knowledge translation and analysis

The purpose here is to to produce reviews and rapid response briefings designed to shape practice and policy, locally, and nationally. The ultimate aim of our work is to strengthen the health system for maternal and child health.

How will we know it's better?

When continuous learning and improvement in children's health becomes the usual way of working.

For more information, or to get involved, please click here.

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