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New child mortality and morbidity review programme

6 January 2011

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has been awarded a major contract by the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) to carry out a review of mortality and morbidity in children and young people aged 1-18 years.

This new Child Health Clinical Outcomes Review programme will run in partnership with the University College London (UCL) Institute of Child Health and will involve:

*    A retrospective analysis of antecedents and trends in child mortality using existing data collected by hospitals
*    Confidential in depth case reviews to help improve the care of sick children

Neena Modi, Professor of Neonatal Medicine, Imperial College London and Vice President, Science and Research, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, who led the successful application said: "The RCPCH is honoured to be selected to build on the excellent work initiated by the Centre for Maternal and Child Enquires (CMACE). Children are the nation's future and the RCPCH is committed to improving the care they receive and their health outcomes. We are delighted to be partnering with the Institute of Child Health and working with parents, children and young people and a wide range of stakeholder organisations on this important programme. We will also be working closely with the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit and collaborators who were awarded the Maternal and Newborn Clinical Outcomes Review Programme."

Ruth Gilbert, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology, Centre for Evidence-based Child Health, UCL Institute of Child Health said: "We are linking existing data from death certificates and the whole record of hospital admissions for a child to understand what proportion of deaths
occur in healthy children, and in what proportion there is evidence of serious underlying disease, disability or other problems.  We hope this study will advance understanding of the contribution of chronic health problems to child deaths and will help to identify where care might be improved."

Dr Jenny Kurinczuk, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, University of Oxford and Lead, Maternal and Newborn Clinical Outcomes Review Programme, MBRRACE-UK (Mothers and Babies: Reducing Risk through Audits and Confidential Enquiries across the UK), said: "We are delighted we will be working closely with colleagues from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and the Institute of Child Health who were awarded the new Child Health Clinical Outcomes Review Programme. Linking the methods and findings from the new two programmes will have important benefits for the health of children of all ages."

Contact information:

GOSH-ICH Press Office: 020 7239 3125
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RCPCH press office: 020 7092 6005

Notes to editors

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) is a charity established by Royal Charter, responsible for the training and examination of paediatricians in the UK. The RCPCH has over 12,000 members in the UK and overseas. The RCPCH undertakes research and policy generation, with the goal of providing a strong voice for children,
young people, and the health services they need http://www.rcpch.ac.uk

The National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (NPEU) is a research unit at the University of Oxford established in 1978 by the Department of Health.  The mission of the NPEU is to produce high quality research evidence to improve the care provided to women and their families during pregnancy, childbirth, the newborn period and early childhood

The University College London (UCL) Institute of Child Health is, with Great Ormond Street Hospital, one of the top five research institutions for children in the world. The Institute plays a significant role in the high citation ratings for research achieved by clinical science at UCL and plays a leadership role in the Child Health theme of UCL Partners.  The MRC Centre of Epidemiology for Child Health comprises the largest critical mass of expertise in paediatric epidemiology in the UK.