Cambridge Children’s Newsletter – Issue 3 – Jan 21 2021

Hello and welcome to the third edition of the Cambridge Children’s newsletter.  While 2021 is likely to be an extremely challenging year due to Covid-19, we are committed to ensuring our plans remain on track to deliver our exciting new project….

Progress update

Expert international team appointed to design Cambridge Children’s Hospital

Concept image for Cambridge Childrens hospital
Concept image for Cambridge Children’s hospital

The project design team who will draw up plans for Cambridge Children’s Hospital has been appointed.

The team will be led by professional services company Turner & Townsend and will include experienced architects in a unique partnership between Hawkins\Brown and White Arkitekter.

The appointment of the project design team, following a competitive tender process lasting several months, is a major milestone in the delivery of Cambridge Children’s, which is due to open in 2025.

The first job of the project design team will be to meet with staff at CPFT, CUH and UoC, as well as patients, their families and carers, to involve them in co-designing and co-producing the new hospital and models of care.

Alex White, Project Director for Cambridge Children’s, said: “We are so pleased to welcome Turner & Townsend and their team on board to help us deliver this ambitious project. They bring a team of global leaders in their fields, who will work with us to build a new type of children’s hospital – one which treats the whole child, putting them at the centre of everything we do.”

Visit our website www.cambridgechildrens.org.uk where you can read the official press release.

Wanted: Enthusiastic young people

Our dream of a world-leading children’s hospital in Cambridge is fast becoming a reality. The land is allocated. Our project design team has been chosen. A new model of care is being developed – the pieces are coming together. 

But we need more public and patient participation and involvement. This input is essential for how the hospital will look and feel and how we deliver care in a whole new way. 

We are looking for enthusiastic young people, patients, families and carers to join us. Your input in co-developing the hospital is vital to make sure we get it right for them and future generations. 

For this purpose we have launched The Cambridge Children’s Network; giving young people and carers a chance to get involved in the process. Please share this opportunity with anyone you feel may be interested – there’s one form for young people and another for families and carers.

Both forms can be accessed below:

Young people’s form

Families and carers’ form

Read the full story on the Cambridge Children’s website.

Network in practice: The People Test

One of the first tasks of the Children’s Network has been to participate in the tender process for appointing the project design team.

Through a process of four facilitated creative Zoom workshops, eight young people came up with “The People Test” which they carried out with the three final design teams hoping to be appointed. 

Below is a short video summarising preparations for The People Test. This is just one great example of how the Cambridge Children’s Network will significantly benefit the project – many more interactive sessions and activities are in the pipeline so please spread the word on the Network today!

News

New “PaNDR” service launched to transport sick babies and children

Childrens ambulance at Addenbrooke's hospital.

A new service to transport very sick babies and children within the East of England will launch on 7 April this year.

The paediatric and neonatal decision support and retrieval service – known as PaNDR and pronounced ‘Panda’ – will provide critical care to children who need to be moved to different locations across Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Running initially for a year, this interim service will supplement the existing Children’s Acute Transfer Service (CATS) run by Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, providing an opportunity to better integrate neonatal and paediatric critical care retrieval across the Eastern region.

You can read the full press release here

Research shows gastroenteritis in young people needs mental and physical care

New research carried out at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) highlights the urgent need for more NHS clinical psychology appointments to treat growing numbers of bowel conditions in children.

The latest study, published in the European Journal of Paediatrics was carried out by a team led by Dr Matthias Zilbauer, University Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Gastroenterology at Cambridge University.

The report highlights an “urgent need” to offer both physical and mental health services when treating children with gastrointestinal diseases.
 Dr Rob Heuschkel, Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist at CUH explained: “Cambridge Children’s will be the first of its kind to fully integrate mental and physical healthcare for all children, regardless of their illness or condition. For children with gastrointestinal disorders it means we will be able to combine the very best medical knowledge and scientific research with the psychological support that children so desperately need, enabling us to treat the whole child, and ultimately improve outcomes for the rest of their life.”

You can read the story here including a link to the full report.

How Covid pandemic is affecting young people’s mental health

How the Covid pandemic is affecting the health and well-being of young people is the subject of two new blogs written by Lauren Cross, Research Assistant and Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge.

In the first blog for Place2b, which provides mental health support for children, Lauren and Tamsin reflect on an unprecedented school term.

The second blog for the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education explores the experiences and impact of Covid-19 on Children and Young People’s mental health and wellbeing in England.

Medicine for Members event

We are thrilled the first Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) Medicine for Members event for 2021 will focus on Cambridge Children’s Hospital.

Speakers include Dr Rob Heuschkel (pictured left)  CUH Clinical Director for Cambridge Children’s Hospital, Dr Sally Benson, Paediatric Psychological Medicine Service Lead CUH/CPFT and Professor David Rowitch, Head of Paediatrics at University of Cambridge.

These free events are targeted at CUH members to update them on a variety of topics such as key developments or major building works, but anyone can attend via zoom on Wednesday 27 January 2021, from 6.30-7.30pm. Full event details can be found here.

Your stories

Mellie’s story

Mellie

We talked to Mellie, aged 19, about the time she spent at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust’s Phoenix Centre. Thank you, Mellie, for sharing your experience.

We want to create a children’s hospital which will serve the health needs of children, young people, their families and carers from the east of England. We believe the best way of achieving this goal is to make sure as many people as possible have their say and have an opportunity to get involved.

If you would like to get involved, receive updates and find out about events, please let us know using the form on our website here.

Get in touch

We want to create a children’s hospital which will serve the health needs of children, young people, their families and carers from the east of England. We believe the best way of achieving this goal is to make sure as many people as possible have their say and have an opportunity to get involved.

If you would like to get involved, receive updates and find out about events, please let us know using the form on our website here.