Staff from the Children & Young People’s Health Partnership (CYPHP) academic and clinical teams presented our research at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) conference in Glasgow. The RCPCH is the professional body for paediatricians in the United Kingdom and aims to transform child health through knowledge, innovation and expertise.
What did CYPHP present?
Two pieces of work were presented at the college and both were very well received. Rosie Satherley, Mixed Methods Research Associate, presented results of a systematic review and meta-analysis exploring the impact of community nursing interventions on children and young people with long-term conditions. The review highlighted the limited number of current evidenced community-based nursing interventions, and the need for research findings to be informing current clinical practice.
Richard Goodwin, Pharmacy Lead, presented pilot results from CYPHP’s In-reach clinics. In-reach clinics are based in local GP surgeries, where paediatricians and GPs work together to deliver comprehensive care to children as close to home as possible. This joint working also enables shared education and training sessions to help all professionals improve their skills and abilities.
The project explored 101 patient notes from In-reach clinics to understand the range of presenting conditions and outcomes among children referred to the clinics. The preliminary results suggest that In-reach clinics, through integrating care across the primary-secondary interface, may be helping improve access to care.
Both of these projects highlight the work that can be achieved when clinical-academic partnerships are formed. The RCPCH was very interested in collaborations between clinicians and academics, a theme present throughout CYPHP’s work. CYPHP is working closely with RCPCH on clinical-academic partnerships, our model of care, and other child health matters.
What will CYPHP do with this work?
CYPHP’s clinical and academic teams will continue to work closely together to produce clinically useful and rigorously evaluated interventions to improve child health. In addition, CYPHP will work on creating a culture within the NHS to promote clinical-academic partnerships. This will ensure that health services are informed by reliable evidence, enabling evidence-based practice, and through rigorous evaluation can lead to better health outcomes.