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Wednesday, 08 January 2014

PHE publishes Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Framework

Written by The Editorial Team

The Child and Maternal (ChiMat) Health Intelligence Network has published a first version of the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Framework.

This new resource brings together and builds on health outcomes data from the Public Health Outcomes Framework and the NHS Outcomes Framework. It responds to the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum’s recommendation that a version of these frameworks be created which highlights areas of particular relevance to improving the health outcomes of children and young people.

A number of important additional indicators were also recommended by the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum. These will be added to the Framework over the next year, as the data becomes available, together with increased detail for existing indicators. These indicators, when viewed together, will inform discussions and encourage improvements in services and health outcomes for children and young people.

Professor Ian Lewis, co-Chair of the National Children and Young People’s Healthcare Outcomes Forum and Chair of the ChiMat Health Intelligence Network said: "I welcome this single site that brings together all children and young people’s outcome indicators in both the NHS and Public Health Outcomes Frameworks in an easily accessible and meaningful way. It highlights many important areas for improvement but also the need to expand the scope of the currently available indicators in line with the recommendations of the Children and Young People’s Outcomes Forum."

Dr Ann Hoskins, Director for Children, Young People and Families, Public Health England said: "The Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Framework is an important new tool that brings together all the outcomes for children in the NHS and Public Health Outcomes Frameworks. It is an essential new resource to support joined up commissioning of services for children, young people and families at a local level."