October 1

Conference on Paediatric General and Urological Surgery and Anaesthetics

September 1

Kennedy: Getting it right for children and young people

November 29

PiP’s Response to ‘Shifting the Balance of Power’

PiP submitted a response to the consultation document ‘Shifting the Balance of Power’ (StBoP), which sought to localise authority within the NHS. View written response here
July 14

Kennedy: Bristol Inquiry Report

The Kennedy Report on the Bristol Inquiry is an intense and comprehensive analysis. Its recommendations bear revisiting and keeping in focus. Mention of PiP (Part 2, Chapter 29, para 23) comes as a surprise but indicates the focus on the quality of care that comes from a a collective attention to standards of service and of care that should be in place for children.
July 1

Shifting the Balance of Care

StBoP introduced the structural change to the NHS that was intended to help modernise the service. Primary Care Groups, which had remained essentially committees of the District Health Authorities, were to become Primary Care trusts (PCTs) replacing the 95 Health Authorities, which were abolished. Executive regional offices of the NHS would also be abolished and 30 SHAs would be created to take the lead in strategic development of local health services (taking over some functions from the regional offices) and management of PCTs and NHS trusts. However, they would no longer be involved in planning and commissioning services to meet..Read More
June 1

Report of Year 3 of the Partnership

“The Partnership is keen to adopt the principles of Managed Clinical Networks in any developments/changes in service configuration. This Plan is therefore paralleled by work to develop clinical guidelines and integrated care pathways. In progressing this work the Partnership has forged links with the West Mercia Guidelines Group.to develop clinical guidelines and the Partnership’s website is being used to publish and develop guidelines.” (Report of Year 3 p20) “The multi-disciplinary diabetes project group was established to agree and introduce a common database, develop joint clinical guidelines and audit…Since agreeing to purchase the ‘Twinkle’ database software approved by the British Diabetic..Read More
February 1

Third Annual Conference

A welter of activity to report gave an indication of the energy PiP had continued to harness. Progress on three projects in particular was reported: 1) The business case for the Paediatric Gastroenterology Managed Clinical Network; 2) Paediatric Service and Workforce planning,; and 3) a discussion paper on Paediatric General and Urological Surgery, following a day conference to consider the issues faced by all the stakeholders from tertiary and second care centres – paediatric and general surgeons, anaesthetists, paediatricians. But there was also other significant news: a link-up to the West Mercia Guidelines group, the publication of the first collation..Read More
October 22

Who is speaking for children…?

Copy of full paper here.
October 1

Membership growth

From its base of 11 members PiP adds two new members in 2000 (‘Oswestry’ and Cheshire Community NHS Trust) and then five new members in 2001 including the three Children’s Hospitals and its first Primary Care Trust.
July 1

NHS Plan published

Investment but in return for reform
February 1

Report of Year 2 of the Partnership

Medical Workforce Strategy “There is a need to move to a more specialist approach and to try to organise the recruitment of consultant posts … to develop a managed clinical network of appropriate specialty interests…. Partnership members have all agreed to adopt a protocol to share information and accept influence from the Partnership concerning the appointment of consultants…” (Report of Year 2, page 13) “In the short time since PiP establishedits CAMHS group, much has happened to stimulate attention to and development of CAMHS. …£84 million of Moderisation Funds earmarked for CAMHS…. For the coming year PiP has decided to..Read More
January 21

Service and Workforce Planning in Children’s Services. Shaping Future Provision.

54 delegates, drawn from across the health service disciplines, took part in a 9-5 workshop which used a ‘gaming’ process to review the pattern of service provision across the Partnership area and to ask how it might be managed against the service priorities identified by the Partnership over a 5 year period. Since the mapping exercise was ‘floor-based’, participants were advised to “dress causally for the workshop. You may also want to bring along a cushion!” Using consultant medical posts as a proxy for services, it asked what if there were a modest increase in services, and what if there..Read More
January 1

An Organisation with a Memory – clinical governance

The BMJ’s celebration of the 50th anniversary, two years earlier, had carried an article previewing the ideas that Organisation with a Memory (OwaM) introduced. View here OwaM anticipated Sir Ian Kennedy’s report of the ‘Bristol Inquiry’, introducing ideas and principles around patient safety and clinical governance, an infrastructure and practices of oversight of standards of service and clinical practice within the NHS that was intended to ensure the experience of Bristol would not be repeated.
January 1

Business Planning Event

Event to clarify priorities for inclusion in work plan and to secure commitment from members to resource this through subscriptions
November 2

Second Annual Conference: Year 2 of the Partnership

The second of the two conferences at which the Partnership reported on its work through 1998-99 and sought a mandate to continue. Trust Chief Executives attended to agree the programme of activity for the following year. At this conference, there were detailed reports of progress made by two project groups – Paediatric Gastroenterology services and the Partnership Medical Workforce Strategy – as well as an overview of the 10 projects supported by the Partnership. Double Figures….!! A summary of the event can be found in Chapter 4 (p18 et seq) of Report of Year 2 of the Partnership and in..Read More
January 21

‘Partners in Paediatrics’ formally constituted

PiP was formally established over a tight series of meetings. On 21st January, an Open Meeting was held from 4pm to 7pm, with supper, at the Post-graduate Medical Centre behind Staffordshire General Hospital. Many of the working meetings had taken place there. Of greatest interest was the response to invitations to become a subscribing member of PiP that had been set out in the business case for the Partnership presented at the September Conference. 11 of the 14 organisations that had been involved in the preparatory work confirmed they would become members. Whilst there were nominations for each of the..Read More
October 30

Report of Year 1 of the Partnership

First Annual Report – a Penguin paperback of the work undertaken to make the case for collaboration and a plan for the second year’s activity. Full text of the first Annual Report can be found here:
September 7

Annual Conference 1

The first conference of Partners in Paediatrics was held at Keele Hall, Keele University. The purpose was to make and test the case for developing more concretely thinking about collaboration over services, workforce and education among a group of paediatric service providers in the north West Midlands and southern North West regions of the NHS. Preparations were thorough and drew together the planning work carried out through 1998. View here Clinical Directors invited their Chief Executives to attend (a good number did) and David Fillingham, then Chief Executive at the North Staffs Hospitals and passionate about organised efforts to improve..Read More
June 1

Priority setting workshop – top 6 services to work on defined

March 10

The Name – ‘Partners in Paediatrics’

The name Partners in Paediatrics appears in writing for the first time on a letter, dated 10th March 1998, to members of the Service Mapping Subgroup. Before this date, various combinations of ‘paediatric’, ‘services’, ‘collaboration’, ‘provider’ and ‘consortium’ can be found. Partners in Paediatrics disappears almost straight away, but resurfaces, used, perhaps definitively to name the initiative, in the first ‘Briefing Note’ (newsletter) in June 1998. View here By July 1998, it is firmly established as the name- in-use. View here