The NHS wants to pioneer new approaches to measuring quality in health care. For this to be effective, it is crucial that patients and carers are given a voice and that their views shape the care that is provided for them.
Patient Centred Outcome Measures (PCOMs) is a relatively new concept which involves putting patients, and their families and carers, at the heart of deciding which goals are most valuable for individuals with a range of health conditions, rather than clinicians deciding what is best.
In 2015, NHS England is focusing on the development of PCOMs for children and young people. Seven sites across the country will be working with children and their families to develop measures for a wide range of health conditions including self-harming and eating disorders, asthma, complex respiratory conditions, palliative care and for the users of wheelchair and posture services.
The seven successful sites are:
- Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
- 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
For further information see the news item: ‘Children and young people to get more say in their health care‘.