Prioritisation exists throughout healthcare. Difficult and controversial decisions are frequently made at national, local and service level, as well as on an individual basis. However, attention has generally been focused away from the practitioners and service managers who make day-to-day prioritising decisions in order to manage their workloads and deliver front-line services.
Focusing on child health contexts, Prioritising Child Health opens up the debate on prioritisation by individuals and explores the issues surrounding their decisions. Grounded in the reality of everyday life, it encourages the reader to make their own judgements about how to prioritise. It will appeal to professionals working in child health, including speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, as well as nurses, doctors and health visitors.
Part I. Introduction
1. Why write about prioritisation? Sue Roulstone
Part II. Prioritisation in action
5. A day in the life of Children’s Palliative Care Specialist Nurse. Tara Kerr- Elliot and Nicola Eaton
6. Prioritising Paediatric Physiotherapy Services for Children with Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties. Elizabeth J. Croot.
7. Triage in Speech and Language Therapy. Caroline Pickstone
8. The Least First Framework. Rosemarie Hayhow
Part III Perspectives from theory
9. Thinking: where to start. Michael Loughlin
10. Professional Judgment and Decision Making. Margaret Miers
11. The view from the "dismal science". Paul Rowlands
12. Prioritisation. An Educationist’s Perspective. Geoff Lindsay
Part IV Reflections on prioritization
13. Some answers questioned. Brian Petheram & Sue Roulstone
14. Conclusions. Sue Roulstone