This section of the toolkit offers resources to support group consultations for children and young people. It includes three case studies describing the results of group consultations in different clinical settings.
Group consultations present a completely new approach to consultations for children and young people. They involve one to one clinical consultations in a supportive group setting. Group consultations for children and young people represent a means of improving care and management through reduced waiting times and increased contact with a GP or practice nurse. They also open the doors for peer support between adolescent patients and for parents of younger children.
One of the group consultation case studies described here involved children living with asthma, another pursued adults living with type 2 diabetes, and the last involved families with a baby with sickle cell anaemia aged under 12 months.
These case studies describe the impact of group consultations on clinical care, patient experience, engagement and psychosocial aspects as well as clinicians’ views on their efficiency. The case studies included here involve:
- Children living with asthma (Bexley)
- Adults living with type 2 diabetes (Croydon)
- Families with a baby with sickle cell anaemia aged under 12 years (Oxleas)
- Children and adolescents living with asthma (North West London)
The evaluation report gives further information on what group consultations involve and what they can offer in a primary or community care setting.
In the attached film, clinicians describe the benefits of group consultations for patients and staff:
And in this second film, the team from the sickle cell service at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust discuss the benefits of group consultations for children with the condition:
- Film: engaging patients differently – group consultations in Croydon GP practices
- Film: tips for recruitment and administration of group consultations
- Article [£]: How group consultations are changing respiratory care (Nursing Practice)
- This article summarises the effectiveness of group consultations using evidence from the pilots described here. (Please note – the article is paid access)
- Group reviews for children under 5 with viral induced wheeze: the Whittington experience (summary)
- Video Group Clinics: supporting parents with a child with viral induced wheeze remotely