The Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum has released a new report. This report could be good news for children and young people with epilepsy. It contains several recommendations ultimately designed to improve their healthcare.
In compiling its report, the forum looked at the two current outcomes frameworks. These are the following.
• NHS Outcomes Framework – this is used to see how successful the NHS is in providing good healthcare.
• Public health outcomes framework – this aims to tackle public health challenges.
The forum used these frameworks to assess how the NHS caters for children and young people in improving existing healthcare.
The report argues that early diagnosis and treatment is key in delivering a high standard of care. Evidence shows that delayed diagnosis and treatment contributes to poor long-term health and increased risk of death.
The forum report suggests that a new indicator should be included in the NHS Outcomes Framework. An ‘indicator’ is a marker used to judge whether certain aspects of care are being delivered properly. This indicator would monitor the diagnosis and treatment of children and young people with health conditions, including epilepsy.
Epilepsy Action provided information to help the forum make sure that epilepsy was considered in their research and recommendations. The organisation will continue to work with the forum, looking at ways to make sure the indicator is adopted.