Autumn Event – November 23rd

Running Horse Re-boot

November 23rd 2015

The Running Horse Group will be having a get together on the afternoon and evening of the 23rd November.

If you are thinking of attending please complete the following doodle

The afternoon will be spent at the IBM Southbank Building where we will be crowd sourcing RHG members ideas on what ‘deliverable’ innovations can be implemented in Child Health.

The evening will be spent discussing the RHG itself and generally networking (location to be determined on basis of expected numbers)

Please do let us know if you can come (to either session). There is no official membership criteria – so if interested please do come along!

Please contact me for further information


Invitation to join the Meds IQ Champions’ Network

Please see the below from the MEDS IQ team:

We would like to invite you to be part of the Meds IQ Champions’ Network, to help us ensure that medicines safety is at the centre of paediatric service improvement delivery regionally and nationally.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has been commissioned by the Department of Health to develop a Quality Improvement network to improve paediatric medicines safety. Meds IQ aims to support scaling up of innovation and sharing quality improvement practice to reduce the risk of harm from paediatric medication error. As part of the project, we developed a Meds IQ website – an online library collating examples of QI projects and tools, supporting selected areas of medicines safety. It is our vision that, Meds IQ will bring together professionals to support their improvement and organisations to ensure that medicines safety remains at the heart of paediatric research and practice.

As part of the project, we are developing a network of Meds IQ Champions, who will:

  • promote the use of Meds IQ in their Trust and professional groups
  • share local and regional medication safety resources and contribute content to the site, where appropriate

The Champions will be a link between the College, the regional and local groups and networks and clinical teams, ensuring a two-way flow of information – disseminating key Meds IQ activities and resources as well as escalating regional updates and practice to the Meds IQ team and key stakeholders.

Click here: Meds IQ Champions’ Network_information for an information sheet providing more detail about the Champions’ Network’s planned activities.

If you would be happy to join the Champions’ Network, we would invite you to attend our launch day on September 30th, 12 – 4.30pm in London, where you will receive an in-depth introduction to the Meds IQ project, the Champions’ Network and the information and materials you need as a Champion.

We would kindly ask you to let us know if you will be attending the event by e-mailing Josie at

We look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Kasia Muszynska                      Dr Melanie Clements                  Dr Jane Runnacles                    Dr Alice Roueché

Meds IQ Project Manager          Project Executive                      Senior User                               Senior User

Post EGM proposal for postal/electronic posting

At the heart of the Running Horse Group is the philosophy that improving child health is a job for all health care professionals:

Inspiring the Child Health workforce to deliver high quality care that delights children and their families 

The RCPCH have been looking at a way to maintain the clinical and professional standards of its medical membership while integrated with other health care professionals. However as you may be aware a motion to push forward with a Foundation of Child Health was defeated at the recent EGM. The process raised a number of questions about how members can put forward their views in matters as important as governance and structure. This was a concern from both sides of the debate on the proposed changes to the council and the creation of a Foundation of Child Health.

A recent e-mail from Dr. Hilary Cass has asked members to get in contact with their regional representatives (copying in in relation to the prospect of  electronic/postal voting and the best method of consulting on future structural change.

Views are needed by the 5th November. This is an important debate, and while the time scale is short and clinical pressures high at this time of year, it is important that as many members as possible have their views heard.

September Updates

The Children, Families and Maternity e-Bulletin

Thanks to Kath Evans for sharing this useful resource to do with child health. Only a couple of months so far but worth keeping an eye on the website. Will try to remember to notify this group of useful resources.

RCPCH Position statement on key principles for reconfiguration

The position statement highlights ten key principles for reconfiguration, making four major calls.  Of note the following is highlighted:

Fewer, larger units: The Facing the Future model sees fewer, larger inpatient units which are better equipped to provide safe and sustainable care, supported by short stay paediatric assessment units (SSPAUs) and networked services. The concentration of specialist services also provides the opportunity to be more flexible with rotas, increases the scope to deliver seven-day, 24-hour consultant led care and provides a better environment to develop clinical skills and experience across the children’s healthcare workforce.

Did any RHG members make a pledge for change day?

Would love to hear from you if you got involved!