The DCH Programme has four main objectives:
Efficiency savings for CHIS: use new infrastructure and messaging to replace paper notifications and re-keying of information in regional CHIS offices releasing resources for failsafing children and other services.
Improvements for services delivering the Healthy Child programme: use new infrastructure and messaging to improve the efficiency of information exchange between health visiting, primary care and school nursing, leading to more timely and comprehensive information on a child’s health available to professionals, potentially leading to better decision support and improved outcomes for children.
A foundation for digital personal child health records: use new infrastructure and messaging to provide interoperability for digital personal child health records (DPCHR) to supplement or replace paper redbooks, making it easier for families to hold online records for their children and access them via smartphones, laptops and tablets.
A national failsafe management service offering:
- Population cohort management for direct care services and public health in conjunction with PDS. Identifying where children are not under the care of a responsible agency delivering the Healthy Child programme, that is a GP practice, health visiting service or CHIS.
- Pathway management of the Healthy Child Programme, ensuring all children and young people in a local population are invited to receive preventative services and monitoring if the offer has been taken up, when the treatment or review took place and what the outcome was.