In 2014 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out their first national survey of children and young people. They asked young people aged 8-15 what they thought about their time in a general hospital. They also asked parents and carers of 0-15 year olds for their views. Nearly 19,000 people responded.
Professor Edward Baker, the CQC’s Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals, said: “There is much to celebrate in our first survey to ask children and young people about their care.
“Nationally, most young people and children said they were happy with their care, are able to understand the information given by staff following an operation or procedure, and that they have confidence staff are doing everything they can to manage their pain…
“What is particularly worrying is that children with physical, learning or mental health needs are telling us they have poorer experiences. This needs to be addressed straight away so that services meet the needs of all children, irrespective of any disability or specific need.” (From here)
As part of the survey, children were encouraged to draw a picture of their care. The CQC have pinned some of those drawings onto their Pinterest board with the hashtag #KidsVoice.
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