Service standards for specialist paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutritional support

New key service standards aim to reduce variations in care and improve the health outcomes and quality of care for infants, children and young people (ICYP) with gastroenterology, hepatology and nutritional disorders. We are now seeking examples of models and methods.


RCPCH and British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN) are collaborating to develop the standards.

These aim to:

  • provide equity and quality of care for ICYP using gastroenterology and hepatology services and their parents and carers
  • inform commissioners / service planners and providers in designing and developing services
  • be used by inspectorates/regulators in inspecting services (including the Care Quality Commission)
  • ensure a smooth transition for children transitioning to adult specialist services
  • promote improved understandings of the interface between secondary and tertiary care.

The ultimate aim is to support the provision of high quality care as close to home as possible in networks and provide clarity for service providers and commissioners/service planners.

Standards have been chosen based on recommendations made by BSPGHAN and RCPCH membership, by clinicians and third sector groups and directly from children and young people receiving gastroenterology care in addition to parents, families and carers.

Review and feedback

I would value comments from all RCPCH members on the draft standards. To comment, please click on this link  (Note you will need RCPCH members log-in details to access and comment on the standards)  Please respond by 5pm on Monday 28th November 2016.  If you have any questions or would like further information about the standards or consultation process please contact Melissa Ashe, Project Officer, via email, or via phone 020 7092 6166.