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Community Care Project recognised at national awards

CCICP Penna
16 September 2020


A community healthcare project has been recognised at a national award ceremony. 

Identifying the Unwell Child in Community Settings; a new integrated care project run by Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership (CCICP), were finalists for the ‘To Improve Integrated Care’ category at the Patient Experience Network National Awards (PENNA). 

The project was started as it was identified that there isn’t a screening tool to identify unwell children in the community. 

Community teams see a large number of infants and young children in the course of their work. 

When community paediatric staff are able to identify a sick child with a suspected infection and give or refer for early urgent treatment, the outcomes of critically ill children are improved.

Using the resources provided by Sepsis UK CCICP developed three pathways for community paediatric staff to follow, = providing screening questions and some keys symptoms to look out for if a staff have concerns about a child  brought in foran appointment . 

The pathways provide clear guidance to the professionals on what to do if sepsis symptoms are flagged. 

Mat Southall, Paediatric Therapies and Special Needs Nursing Service Manager, said: “Within clinic settings, we have an identification of the unwell child clinic box, with contains a thermometer, a copy of the pathways and cards to give to the parents. 

“It’s vital that we have these pathways and to be recognised with a shortlist for a national award shows the great lengths that this service has gone to, to identify and treat a potentially life threatening problem and keep children safe.”