BLUEPRINTS: Does targeted parental education reduce non-urgent paediatric emergency department and urgent care centre reattendance?

North West LondonGeneric Health Relevance
Start Date: 1 Oct 2017 End Date: 31 Aug 2018

This project will use insights from behavioural science to design a new intervention for families that have attended PED or UCC with a non-urgent healthcare concern. This will be co-designed - together with parents and carers – and aims to educate families that have attended non-urgently on how to identify serious childhood illness, manage common childhood health conditions at home, and signpost them to the most appropriate healthcare services.

The intervention will be trialled at two hospital sites: St Mary’s Hospital and Northwick Park Hospital, through a two-arm randomised control trial. Half of the non-urgent attendances will receive the educational bundle after discharge.

Prof Mitch Blair