Background on who is involved in CC4C and what we do.

Connecting Care for Children (CC4C) is a paediatric integrated care model which has been used to implement whole system change and to improve the way children’s care is commissioned, delivered and experienced across north west London.

It addresses the disproportionately high rates of paediatric A&E and paediatric outpatient attendance across the region.

Since 2014, this work has been driven by paediatricians at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust working with local GPs, commissioning leads and social care partners.

The model has three central components:

  • Public and patient engagement - enabling primary, secondary and community care professionals to work cohesively with the local population. We have set up a growing network of practice champions who work with hospital paediatricians, GP practices and their patients to improve services and encourage collaboration and learning.
  • Specialist outreach – transferring specialist knowledge from the hospital to the community. Hospital paediatricians work closely with GPs so that children receive the best possible advice and care within home and community settings. We have developed child health GP hubs to support this work. Hospital paediatricians visit the hubs to support practices, and run specialist clinics.
  • Open access - making the expertise of paediatricians in hospitals much more widely available. We have set up a GP hotline which, primary and community healthcare professionals can call when they need specialist advice.

Education and training

At the core of the model we support healthcare education and training. We ensure primary and community healthcare professionals in north west London have the information they need to provide care locally. We run education events for patients and families so that they can learn how to stay healthy and what health care services are available to them. We are training a growing number of practice champions who advocate for parents, carers, children and young adults in their local community. 

It has been included within the Commissioning Intentions of three of the eight North West London Clinical Commissioning Groups.