The Children and Young People Services Team at Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group are working to make sure that our children and young people, aged 0-25 years of age, across Dorset enjoy the best health possible and that they receive good quality services.
We work alongside local local authorities and health providers, as well as other stakeholders including parent/carer groups, children and young people and their families and schools etc., to make sure that health services for children and young people in hospitals, GP surgeries and the community are delivered in care pathways that don’t just focus on physical health but consider the needs of the whole person.
A care pathway helps to reduce the differences in the quality of health services received by children and young people and improves outcomes for all. It tells children and young people using services, and their parents and carers, what they should expect from providers at any point in their journey of care.
We want to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people across Dorset from 0-25 years of age and to reduce any inequalities in health by:
- Promoting good health and wellbeing.
- Making safe, high quality, affordable and joined-up health services available at, or close to, home.
- Working with children, young people and their parents and carers to develop new pathways of care.
- Supporting children and young people to be in control of their own health where possible and to make the most of their life chances, as they grow up.
The Children and Young People’s Transformation Programme was set up to make sure that commitments relating to children and young people in the NHS Long Term Plan are carried out.
To make sure that these commitments are carried out providers across health, care and education will have to work together. The programme will make improvements in health and care services for children and young people by:
- Combining services for children and young people by testing new models of care and then rolling these out across the country.
- Improving the quality of care for children and young people with long-term conditions like asthma, epilepsy, diabetes and problems from obesity.
- Making sure that services meet the needs of children and young people by having them involved in developing national policy.
- Working with children and young people and their parents and carers, as well as using local data, to identify and deliver local priorities.
Children and young people will have more say over what support and services are offered in their local area, and more help will be available for young people as they prepare for adulthood.