Healthcare leaders have launched a healthcare passport especially for children leaving care.
From left to right: Paula Gregory, Designated Looked After Children’s Nurse; Linda Smart, Deputy Chief Nurse, Thurrock CCG; Gregg Brown, Open Door; Enita Chiwara, Looked After Children’s Nurse; Eugenia Luke; Specialist Looked After Children’s Nurse and Cllr Sue Little, Portfolio Holder for Children and Adults Social Care
The Health Passport is a new initiative brought about by the Children in Care Council and Open Door, who visited NHS Thurrock Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Board in 2017. They expressed a desire to know more about how local healthcare works and how they could feed in to plans.
During discussions the young people said it was difficult to navigate all the health care services they used, and the information they needed to be able to stay on top of their own healthcare was not always easy to find. It would be especially useful to help them take control of their healthcare when leaving care and going on to be independent.
In response to this Thurrock CCG offered to create a health passport to enable young people to take charge of their health and wellbeing on leaving care. This has been co-designed with young people as representatives of the Children in Care Council, the Designated Looked After Children’s Nurse and the CCG.