The NHS Scotland (NHSS) vision is to "Sustain and improve health, ensuring better, local and faster access to healthcare."Specialist Children's Services in Scotland are generally complex, low volume and heavily reliant on small numbers of highly trained and specialised staff. Following a review of the specialist services in Scotland by the National Steering Group for Specialist Children's Services in 2007/08 a recommendation was made to strengthen and invest in specialist services for children with complex needs. The complexity of need can arise from a number of underlying conditions and the defining criteria would be the multiplicity of the child's health conditions, requirement for an exceptional degree of co-ordination of services and high complexity of clinical need.
As part of the National Development Plan for Children's Services funding was agreed for the development of a National MCN for children and young people with exceptional health care needs. NSD are the fund holders and the network is hosted in the MCN Office for NHS Lothian since April 2009.
The purpose of the NMCN CEN is to ensure that each child is fully and appropriately assessed, and has access to a full range of specialist care, underpinned by evidence based, professionally developed and agreed clinical pathways and protocols. The work the NMCN is doing is in line with the GIRFEC aims. Getting it right for every child is a programme that aims to improve outcomes for all children and young people.
Our aims are: