Winter with Covid-19

As health professionals and citizens, we are all sharing feelings of fear and uncertainty about what this winter will bring to the health care we deliver and receive. Lockdown and the warm summer have given us the opportunity to refine our remote working skills, laying the foundations for the upcoming challenging winter. As a profession, we can feel pride and optimism about how we adapt to embrace change.

Connecting Care for Children (CC4C), based at St Mary’s hospital, London, has been working to support health professionals within primary and secondary care, to reach children and young people (CYP) with health needs and to continue to deliver joined-up care in a Covid world.

Face-to-face clinics with both GP and paediatrician present, and multidisciplinary meetings involving all child health professionals, have run virtually. CYP and families have continued to receive specialist support alongside their primary care team, with an opportunity for all to continue to learn together.

In addition to changes to health care delivery, CC4C supported families through community engagement. Listening, understanding local needs and co-producing child health interventions allowed the team to mitigate some of the collateral damage felt by CYP over the past months.

This winter, CC4C will continue to keep citizens at the heart of all we do. We will share our good practice via webinars and look forward to learning from other integrated services around the country.

Find out more about the Covid-19 resources we designed with families or join our next webinar to learn more about the CC4C approach.

To read more in the rest of the Winter 2020 edition of RCPCH Milestones Magazine.