This Clinical Reference Group (CRG) covers intensive care services and associated specialised transport for children. Specialist paediatric intensive care services provide a care pathway for the very sick child from recognition and stabilisation, through retrieval (if necessary), to delivery of care in an appropriate paediatric intensive care facility in a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) or in a Paediatric High Dependency Unit (PHDU).
Paediatric Intensive Care is also an important part of other specialist paediatric services and has a number of significant interdependencies.
Chair: Dr Gale Pearson, Clinical Lead in Paediatric Intensive Care, Birmingham Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Recruitment to this CRG is in progress and the names of the members will be updated shortly.
A key part of the CRG’s work is the delivery of the ‘products’ of commissioning. These are the tools used by the 10 Hub Commissioning Teams to contract services on an annual basis.
Service specifications are important in clearly defining the standards of care expected from organisations funded by NHS England to provide specialised care. The specifications have been developed by specialised clinicians, commissioners, expert patients and public health representatives to describe both core and developmental service standards. Core standards are those that all funded providers should be able to demonstrate, with developmental standards being those which may require further changes in practice over time to provide excellence in the field.
The following service specifications fall within the scope of this CRG: