Children and Young Person’s Health Passport
The Children and Young Person’s Health Passport was developed by North West London Clinical Commissioning Group and London North West Health NHS Trust Learning Disability Working Group in partnership with Brent, Ealing & Harrow. The ‘passport’ idea, which includes clinical information as well as key personal preferences, can now be used across care settings either on paper or on mobile phones.
The Health Passport is the responsibility of the young person and/or their parents and/or carers. It can be completed by the young person, with help from parents and carers or by someone who knows them well or by the parent or carer on behalf of their child or young person. It can also be completed on behalf of the child or the young persons by health care professionals in the community. The passport is intended to help hospital healthcare staff provide care, both at an outpatient and inpatient level.
The passport can help doctors and nurses who care for children and young people with learning disabilities and/or complex needs know more about the child or young person, providing a better understanding of the support they require. This makes a visit to the hospital less stressful for child or young person with learning disabilities, as they can find this more emotionally distressing than others.
The passport, in the format of a colourful and informative booklet, is designed to offer additional information that can benefit a child’s or young person care. This includes their likes and dislikes, how they communicate and how to reassure them. The passport will support the child or young person’s clinical records and will ensure the child or young person doesn’t have to repeat their history several times, making life easier for them.
It is important for hospital staff to be aware of the support system that is used by your child or young person in the community, which could be a carer, GP, School SENCO, Children Community Nursing Team, Therapy Team (Physiotherapist Occupational Health, Speech and Language Therapist) Child Adolescence Mental Health Team (CAMHS). Please add their correct contact details. In this way the clinical staff will have to hand all the information required to care for the child or young person, especially if there is no parent or carer available.
The health passport will inform anyone the child or young people with a learning disability or complex needs comes into contact with on a day to day basis that they may need further assistance. It can empower the child or young person to be more independent and improve their communication.
Whilst the Children and Young Persons Health Passport is designed with hospital services in mind, it can also be shared with other services access by the child or young person such as schools and community health services. This passport will be linked with Co-ordinate My Care pathway.
Accessing the Health Passport
You can do this by clicking here, and download the passport and save this on your devices (phone, laptop, and tablet) or print out the passport and fill it in.
Then just bring it along with you next time, and every time, you come in. If you don’t have access to a printer then asks for a passport at the desk when you arrive for your hospital appointment or admission or other community services that you access.
It doesn't take long to fill in. We’ve also made a guidance sheet to help you understand the questions and fill in the passport.