25 Jun 2020
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a report exploring the impact its guidance has had on the health and care system for children and young people in England.
The report discusses a number of key areas including managing long-term conditions in children in the community, the learning disability health check programme and the transition process from children’s to adults’ services.
1.7 milllion children and young people in England have long-term conditions such as asthma, diabetes or epilepsy. NICE has made recommendations on how care for children and young people with epilepsy should be delivered with accompanying quality standards. Audit data from 2018 shows services have generally implemented this advice well, with 79% of trusts in England routinely undertaking comprehensive care planning for children and young people with epilepsy.
To address the health inequality that exists for people with a learning disability, NICE recommends an annual physical health check to quickly identify and manage underlying or emerging physical health problems. While the number of health checks have increased overall, less than 50% of children and young people receive them suggesting further work is required in this area.