Standards for Children and Young People in Emergency Care Settings 3rd ed – Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – 3 May 2012

Posted on May 4, 2012. Filed under: Child Health / Paediatrics, Emergency Medicine | Tags: |

Standards for Children and Young People in Emergency Care Settings 3rd ed – Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – 3 May 2012

“Developed by the Intercollegiate Committee for Standards for Children and Young People in Emergency Care Settings, this revised edition provides healthcare professionals, providers and service planners with measurable and auditable standards of care applicable to all urgent and emergency care settings in the UK.

The 2012 edition reflects changes in the way care is delivered: there is a new chapter focusing on mental health and substance misuse and the document takes a ‘pathway’ approach to aid a multi-professional workforce. Most importantly, this edition shifts from making recommendations to setting standards, giving healthcare professionals the guidance they need to provide the best service for children and young people along the care pathway.”

Media release:  New standards set for emergency care of children and young people – Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health – 3 May 2012

“From mental health, substance and alcohol abuse to major incidents involving serious injury or death, thousands of children and young people pass through the NHS each day needing emergency care.  Now, a new series of standards set out minimum requirements for how children in emergency settings should be treated – covering areas from service design and environment to staff training and safeguarding.

The standards appear in the third edition of a publication formerly known as the ‘Red Book’, which is widely used by healthcare professionals in the UK to improve care of children in emergency settings. This latest edition, renamed ‘Standards for children and young people in emergency care settings’, is unique in containing not only guidance, but also specific standards against which healthcare providers can be measured.

The standards have been developed by the Intercollegiate Committee for Standards for Children and Young People in Emergency Care Settings led by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and are designed to help service planners overcome some of the key challenges in emergency healthcare – including the impact of the European Working Time Directive which sets maximum daily and weekly working hours and increased public expectation of immediate access to care.”

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