Summary Report of the NHSE Paediatric Critical Care and Surgery in Children Review
The Faculty welcomes the Summary Report of the NHSE Paediatric Critical Care and Surgery in Children Review. We have been a part of the review since early stages along with many other related stakeholders.
Our Dean, Dr Alison Pittard, commented:
“The report focusses on the needs of children and their families, recognising the changing landscape in terms of chronic disease and specialist services. The development of Operational Delivery Networks will ensure that services are developed to meet the needs of the local population and there will, therefore, be variation in provision around the country. The planned workforce gap analysis will ensure that the right skill mix is available prior to any changes in commissioned services and offers an opportunity to explore alternative models including extending/advanced roles and formal working relationships between specialist and non-specialist centres. This is a model that is already being implemented in some regions (e.g. Wales).”
It is especially reassuring to see the gap analysis will consider workforce support for these patients and their families. In adult critical care, we share the concerns of our paediatric colleagues with regards to managing increasing demand within our current resources.