The Child Health Festival was held on the 12th June and organised by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and British Association for Child and Adolescent Public Health. The event aimed to support a variety of health professionals to work together to improve child health from everyday practice to influencing policy.
By listening to a mix of high profile speakers and attending workshops, attendees left with an understanding of the importance of the social determinants on child health, an appreciation of the major issues in child health, and were given the opportunity to explore how they could influence and improve child health both at a local and national level.
Dr Ingrid Wolfe, from the Children & Young People’s Health Partnership (CYPHP) co-chaired the session dedicated to ‘The importance of child health.’ Importantly, she also presented on ‘Integrating children’s healthcare: a health systems strengthening approach to improving outcomes.’ Ingrid described how the CYPHP programme is implementing and evaluating a new model of care for children across Lambeth and Southwark. Our clinical-academic approach to health system strengthening means that our work combines the rigour of health service research, with the pragmatism of Quality Improvement. CYPHP is building a team ideally positioned for designing, implementing, and evaluating interventions, at scale, for improving child health.
“It was very good to share the exciting work we’re doing in CYPHP, and to learn about all the fascinating work our colleagues are doing around the country, ranging from rabbits on wards to grab bags with helpful resources for children and young people visiting A&E – amazing stuff!” Ingrid, CYPHP Director
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