Children and young people are set to play a more active role in deciding which mental health outcomes are most important to them.
The move comes as NHS England has announced seven sites across the country chosen to develop patient centred outcome measures (PCOMs) for children and young people with a range of health conditions.
The programme involves putting patients, and their families and carers, at the heart of deciding which goals are most valuable for them.
As well as psychological interventions as part of medical treatment, and mental health conditions such as self-harming and eating disorders, children will be consulted on illnesses such as asthma, complex respiratory conditions, palliative care and on use of wheelchair and posture services.
NHS England launched a bidding process in December to access funding for the development of new outcome measures which are based on the views of patients.
The seven successful sites are:
- Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
- Evelina London Children’s Hospital, part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
- Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
- University of the West of England (Bristol)
- Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
- North of England Commissioning Support
- Shropshire CCG.
More information can be found here.