Paediatric Care Initiative of the Year

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As children and young people represent over a third of our country, it is no wonder that paediatric and child health was placed front and centre of the NHS Long Term Plan. Designing systems around the needs of young people, improving integrated working across different specialities, increasing the use of technology and finding ways to empower patients and carers to keep children at home are just some of the ways that the NHS are ensuring the best interests of children and young people are met.

This award recognises NHS and public sector organisations and local care economies that are delivering safe and sustainable paediatric care, and improving services for children and young people. Our judges will be looking for teams who can prove that a change in approach has significantly bolstered the quality of care, thereby improving financial value and patient experience.


Entrants for this award can be any organisation from across NHS trusts, community and primary care as well as other public sector bodies improving healthcare for children.


  • Provide a clear rationale for the initiative including the context of care provision 
  • Explain how the initiative aimed to improve paediatric care, and simultaneously improve financial value and efficiency 
  • Explain how the initiative was informed by existing best practice or evidence


  • Evidence that the initiative has led to an improvement in patient care, and a resulting improvement in value for the local care economy. 
  • This must include a quantitative aspect but can also include qualitative measures such as patient feedback. 
  • How has the initiative better allocated resources on care and prevention? 
  • What has been the result for the patient experience including any reduction in variation?


  • Initiatives which have shared learning across departments, teams and organisation which have resulted in tangible improvements. 
  • What efforts are being made to share results?


  • Provide clear evidence the initiative has improved value. 
  • Show how the initiative has simultaneously delivered financial savings and improved patient experience – creating value for taxpayers and patients alike. 
  • Consider the impacts of the initiative on reducing attendance and bringing care closer to the patient
  • Provide testimonials from patients and stakeholders to help support the entry.


  • Provide clear evidence surrounding the consultative measures taken to inform, involve and enable participation in the design of the initiative
  • Show how children and young people were involved in decisions around their care, and their views were embedded in the design of the initiative
  • Display how other relevant parties were involved in the initiative, including parents, carers, collaborating organisations, key stakeholders and staff. 
  • Demonstrate how strong partnerships across a care economy have been developed, including with the third sector as appropriate

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