Care Pathways are a systematic approach to describing and delivering the services and interventions that should shape care and treatment for a particular condition. They can be utilized in the translation of national guidelines into local protocols and clinical practice (Campbell et al 1998).
This Care Pathway for Children and Adults with Downs's Syndrome has been produced by Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Hospital and Community Services, and aims to:
- Respond to the individual needs of the child
- Provide equity of services
- Promote understanding of services and referral pathways
- Promote joined up working and working in partnership with families
- Achieve transparency
The Pathway does not replace those services that occur for all children; eg primary care services, community health visiting or midwifery, but seeks to clarify additional services.