History of Sheffield Children’s Hospital

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Set up in 1876 by Dr William Jackson Cleaver, Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Trust is one of just eight specialist children's hospitals in the UK and represents a unique combination of expertise and understanding. The hospital offers specialist care from birth to 16 years with the primary catchment area being the North Trent region but also having some patients referred from all over the UK.

Each year Sheffield Children's NHS Trust looks after around 18,500 inpatients, 80,000 outpatients and more than 40,000 A&E admissions. The trust hires almost 2,000 staff on several sites and has undergone many building changes and additions over time.

Report on SCH in 2004

A report released by the Healthcare Commission in 2004 highlighted results of the survey which asked over 300,000 patients, including for the first time young hospital patients, about their experience in 568 English NHS Trusts.

The national results took into account that patients do have a high opinion of the care they receive, but there are some concerns across the NHS about information for patients and involvement of them in planning their care. The Commission believes, especially in relation to young patients in hospital, that there is still scope to improve explanations given about procedures and the risks, benefits and expected outcomes of treatment

However, results show that the Sheffield Children's NHS Trust is bucking the trend. In the problem area of information giving, the Trust is performing consistently higher than the national average. General feedback was also extremely positive with the large majority of service users asked reporting high levels of satisfaction.


More than 800 parents/guardians and children at the Trust took part in the survey. Results from them include:

92 per cent of parents felt they were told by the surgeon what would be done in the operation, compared to a national average of 86 per cent.

90 per cent said their questions were answered by the surgeon whilst the national average is 83 per cent.

80 per cent of children felt able to discuss their worries and fears with doctors or nurses compared to a national average of 76 per cent.

74 per cent of parents/guardians reported high levels of involvement in decision making relating to the care and treatment of young patients, 5 per cent higher than the national average.

83 per cent felt they were treated with respect and dignity compared to 77 per cent nationally.

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Aims of Sheffield Children’s Hospital

As an organisation dedicated to supporting children, young people and their families, the Trust has identified a number of key principles, or values, to guide its delivery of care and treatment:

Their values are to:

  • Provide access to the very best care and treatment when a child is unwell, offering treatment which is evidence-based, effective and provided safely.
  • Provide care as close to home as can be achieved, where possible at home, in the community, or in a setting close to a child's home. When admission to hospital is required, to keep the stay is hospital as short as possible.
  • Create a positive experience for the child and family when using services, ensuring that care is provided holistically, meeting the social, educational, play and cultural needs of the child, as well as providing treatment.
  • Ensure that at all times care is provided within an environment suited to the needs of the child or young person and with appropriate facilities to support families to visit the hospital and to stay with their child.
  • Ensure that at all times care and treatment is provided by staff who are suitably trained and experienced in the needs of children and their families, and that the all staff is supported in their continuing professional development.
  • Work in partnership with others assisting other organisations in delivering support to children, young people and families.
  • Enable families and carers are enabled to fully participate in the care and treatment of a child, and that children and young people themselves are, where possible, empowered to make decisions about their own care.
  • Promote best practice in the care of children as a provider of education and training, to actively support and undertake research, and ensure that care is delivered safety.

Another major hospital in the area is Sheffield Teaching Hospital.

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