The independent Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum has received so much feedback that they have decided to extend their deadline by a month in order to invite further contributions to the debate.

Feedback to date has included views from children, young people, parents, carers, doctors, nurses and other professionals involved in providing care to children.

The Forum was set up to decide which health outcomes matter most for children and young people, with the forum deciding how the different parts of the health system will work together to deliver these outcomes.

Ian Lewis and Christine Lenehan, co-Chairs of the Forum, which is developing a new strategy for improving care for children and young people, said: "We very much appreciate the large volume of comments and feedback that we are receiving; from many individuals and organisations. We can assure you the Forum is finding these very helpful and is drawing upon them in making sure its eventual recommendations make a real difference to the lives of children and young people.

"We are anxious that we offer as much opportunity as possible to contribute to our work and, given the rate at which the feedback continues to come in, we have extended the deadline for feedback by a month."

The Forum wants to hear views on four particular areas:

- acutely ill children

- mental health

- children with disabilities and long-term conditions

- public health

The Forum will report to the Government with independent advice that will inform the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Strategy. The Strategy will ensure that the outcomes measured are the ones that matter most to children, young people, their families and the professionals responsible for their care.

Email your own views to childrensoutcomesforum@dh.gsi.gov.uk by the 31st May 2012 deadline.

Posted by Penny Hosie