Child Health Promise

Child Health Promise is a new initiative, in collaboration with the Royal Society of Medicine, which gives children and young people across the UK the chance to work with paediatricians and other professionals to improve an aspect of child health.

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Find out about Child Health Promise

What is Child Health Promise?

We are all doing really great quality improvement work but a lot of it is repeated and not shared.  Here’s how we can help:

  1. you have a great idea to improve child health
  2. register your idea on our website and create your project page
  3. explore other projects, get inspired, and join and contribute
  4. you can submit your work to the Royal Society of Medicine conference in 2017 where the best projects will be showcased as posters and oral presentations!

By working together we can create inventive solutions to difficult problems and inspire both adults and children along the way.  As far as possible we want children and young people to be involved in your projects!

Your project must be registered on the website to submit it to the conference.

What’s in it for me?

Professionals:

  • create innovative solutions by working with young people and other health professionals
  • develop a better understanding of what young people need
  • inspire and support young people

Young people get to:

  • be involved in decisions that affect your life
  • have fun
  • develop new skills

Any young people, medical or allied health professionals can take part. Health professionals will need an nhs.net account to register.

Get Involved

Professionals

Young People

Parents and Carers

Professionals who work with children

There are several ways to get involved. You can make your promise with a team, as an individual or join one of the “ready-made” promises on the website (CLICK LINK).  It’s often easier to work with others so consider who you can ask to support you with your promise e.g. work colleagues, friends you have trained with.

Engage with young people

Decide who is going to lead your promise and how you may engage with young people.  You could approach a school, 6th form college, youth group or young people in your place of work.

Develop your idea

The aim of Child Health Promise is to improve an aspect of child health.  Try to make your promise SMART.  That means:

S – Specific – Make sure you decide exactly what you want to achieve and can explain it in 1 sentence.

M – Measurable – Create an aim you can measure so that you know you can make a difference.

A – Achievable – With the resources you have and members in your team can you achieve the aim within the set time?

R – Relevant/Responsible person – Discuss with all the people in your team involving young people to ensure the promise is as relevant as possible.  Allocate responsibilities to each team member.

T – Time bound – Make a timeline for your pledge to keep everything on track.  You can use our sample timeline to help you plan (CLICK LINK).  It’s a good idea to try to achieve your aim by September 2017 so you can submit it to the RSM conference for poster or oral presentation.  There are prizes for the most outstanding promises.

How do you make sure young people are safe when involved with Child Health Promise?

Make sure that you follow the child protection guidelines from your organisation and the leader of your promise team has been CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checked.  Any contact you have with children or young people should focus on the promise and remain professional at all times.

If you have any concerns about children or young people taking part in the promise you should follow the child protection guidelines of your organisation.

Young People

There are lots of different ways to get involved.  You can make a promise with a team, or join one of the “ready-made” promises on the website (CLICK LINK).  It’s often easier to work in a team so think about asking your friends to join you.

Think about what part of children and young people’s health you would like to improve.  You might find it helpful to chat to your friends and teachers to get ideas.

Decide how you could make it happen

Do you need help from your school teachers, family doctor (GP), health visitor or local hospital.  You could approach any of these people to help you.

Develop your idea

The aim of Child Health Promise is to improve an aspect of child health.  Try to make your pledge SMART.  That means:

S – Specific – Make sure you decide exactly what you want to achieve and can explain it in 1 sentence.

M – Measurable – Create an aim you can measure so that you know you can make a difference.

A – Achievable – With the resources you have and members in your team can you achieve the aim within the set time?

R – Relevant/Responsible person – Discuss with all the people in your team involving young people to ensure the promise is as relevant as possible.  Allocate responsibilities to each team member.

T – Time bound – Make a timeline for your pledge to keep everything on track.  You can use our sample timeline to help you plan (CLICK LINK).  It’s a good idea to try to achieve your aim by September 2017 so you can submit it to the RSM conference for poster or oral presentation.  There are prizes for the most outstanding promises.

What do you need to do next?

To get involved you need to register your promise on the website – an adult with an nhs.net email address will need to be involved to do this for you – we are hoping to expand the project to schools next year so teachers can register (CLICK LINK).

Make sure you have a look at all the online resources to help you achieve your promise.  Bronze, Silver and Gold medals will be awarded for the best promises.

There is an opportunity to share your work at an RSM Conference as a poster or oral presentation. To submit your work see (ADD LINK).

Parents and Carers

There are several ways to get involved. You can make your promise with a team, as an individual or join one of the “ready-made” promises on the website (CLICK LINK).  It’s often easier to work with others so consider who you can ask to support you with your promise e.g. work colleagues, friends you have trained with.

Engage with young people

Decide who is going to lead your promise and how you may engage with young people.  You could approach a school, 6th form college, youth group or young people in your place of work.

Develop your idea

The aim of Child Health Promise is to improve an aspect of child health.  Try to make your promise SMART.  That means:

S – Specific – Make sure you decide exactly what you want to achieve and can explain it in 1 sentence.

M – Measurable – Create an aim you can measure so that you know you can make a difference.

A – Achievable – With the resources you have and members in your team can you achieve the aim within the set time?

R – Relevant/Responsible person – Discuss with all the people in your team involving young people to ensure the promise is as relevant as possible.  Allocate responsibilities to each team member.

T – Time bound – Make a timeline for your pledge to keep everything on track.  You can use our sample timeline to help you plan (CLICK LINK).  It’s a good idea to try to achieve your aim by September 2017 so you can submit it to the RSM conference for poster or oral presentation.  There are prizes for the most outstanding promises.

How do you make sure young people are safe when involved with Child Health Promise?

Make sure that you follow the child protection guidelines from your organisation and the leader of your promise team has been CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) checked.  Any contact you have with children or young people should focus on the promise and remain professional at all times.

If you have any concerns about children or young people taking part in the promise you should follow the child protection guidelines of your organisation.