As we move into 2023, we cannot ignore the enormous challenges that we are facing that are having significant impact on the lives of children and young people. The impact of the pandemic, the global energy crisis and other major global events have created one of the most challenging economic environments that the UK and other countries have had to face. Health inequalities have negatively impacted on the health of children and young people with children in the poorest communities being at >20% risk of dying compared to those in the most affluent communities. Mental health issues in children and young people are at their greatest level ever, demonstrating the value in our recent funding call to support the mental health of children and young people with long-term conditions. As we move into 2023 it is vital that we focus on technology development that is inclusive of all children and that we aim to support health and healthcare in a way that aims to tackle health inequalities.
I would like to thank you all for your commitment to developing the best healthcare for the children and young people we look after
Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous Christmas,
Director of NIHR CYP MedTech