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01-2019

posted 24 Jan 2019, 03:27 by Cherelle Augustine   [ updated 21 Feb 2019, 03:00 by Derryn Lovett ]

& Early Years

J.O. Warner OBE MD FRCP FRCPCH FMedSci, academic lead for our Early Years theme and Professor of Paediatrics Imperial College.

"The NHS Long-term plan published in January 2019 emphasises the need to move towards the creation of “Integrated Care Systems” involving coordination between multiple agencies including; primary and specialist care, physical and mental health services, and health with social care. NIHR CLAHRC Northwest London’s Early Years theme’s research over the last 10 years has developed and implemented integrated care pathways for children with allergic disease and sickle-cell disease. Working with patients and carers we have developed disease specific Patient Reported Experience Measures (PREMs) which have been used to guide quality improvement initiatives.

The plan also focuses on early life often now known as the first 1000 days from conception to 2 years of age. While the main emphasis in the long-term plan is on mental health this period of early life offers many opportunities for prevention and early intervention to influence long term health outcomes and need for medical care. Our early year’s theme aims to “Promote a healthy start for lifelong health and wellbeing.”  We are researching health education programmes for expectant parents to improve immunisation up-take; breast feeding; recognition and home management of minor illness. Other studies are improving management of pregnancies of unknown origin; involving parents in the management of their infants while in neonatal intensive care; trialling interventions for maternal anxiety in pregnancy and strategies to improve pathways of management for preschool children with common acute problems."
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