Understand child and family factors in recognising deterioration

These two short films have been created for parents, and for staff supporting and empowering parents and families, with the message that the life-time of knowledge parents have of their children may enable them to spot the signs of deterioration in their child first and aims to encourage parents and families to speak up – “If you see something, say something”.

Re-ACT talks

Safety Case

The aim of this project has been to ensure a safer experience for children with complex needs whilst they are inpatients at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH). It was initiated following several high level incidents involving children with complex needs; these incidents particularly related to delayed recognition of deterioration. It was clear that this type of incident was commoner in this particular group of children After initial analysis, we defined the group that we were to focus on as, ‘children with medical complexity’, admitted non-electively under general paediatrics; respiratory; ear, nose and throat (ENT); gastroenterology, cardiology or neurology, who have been cared for by three or more specialists within the last year.

Full report available here: ‘The whole me’: improving the safety and quality of care for the child with medical complexity