New guideline from NICE recommends ensuring children and young people are fully informed about their health so that they are empowered to take an active role in their healthcare
The healthcare system can be intimidating to younger patients, and poor experiences may lead to anxiety around engaging with the system later in life and poorer health outcomes. This new guideline aims to improve the healthcare experience of babies, children, and young people (aged up to 18 years) with the hope that this can improve their health outcomes and wellbeing.
The guidelines includes recommendations covering 10 keys areas:
‘Through the publishing of this guideline, I hope that healthcare professionals can actively implement the recommendations and use them throughout their practice, whether that be in primary or secondary care. It’s important for everyone to recognise that babies, children and young people have a choice and a voice which is emphasised through this guideline.’
Aishah Farooq, Guideline Committee Lay Member
- Overarching principles (safe-guarding, age and developmentally appropriate care, changing needs and preferences_
- Communication and information
- Planning healthcare
- Consent, privacy and confidentiality
- Advocacy and support
- Improving healthcare experience
- Involvement in improving healthcare experience
- Healthcare environment
- Maintaining usual activities
- Accessibility, continuity and co-ordination.
VIEW visual summary of how to use NICE guidelines on babies, children and young people's experience of healthcare.
APCP member, Xanthe Hodgson, was a member of the NICE Guideline Committee.
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The full guideline and supporting documents can be found on the NICE website
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