Children’s health app in the running for national award
AN app to help parents treat sick children at home and ease pressure on A&E is in the running for a national award.
The free CATCH app, which stands for Common Approach to Children’s Health, was designed to help parents of babies to five year olds decide when it is safe to treat illnesses at home, to reduce trips to A&E.
The app uses a child’s date of birth and only gives health information and reminders that are relevant to the child’s age.
Now the app, developed for the Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group and the council, has been shortlisted for a Health Service Journal award in the category of ‘enhancing care by sharing data and information’.
Dr Lesley Bayliss, NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG’s clinical champion for children, said: “We hope even more parents and carers embrace the app and generally adopt the self-care approach where appropriate.”
The app was developed after research by Cheshire East Council’s public health team found the number of children aged from birth to four being taken to A&E was well above the national average and many of the children are sent home with basic advice only.