Pre-Assessment Tools and Resources

The Pre-Assessment Clinical Working Group agreed that it would be helpful to share links to various resources that support local, regional, and national pre-assessment pathways on the SW SIC ODN website to share learning and wider opportunities.

Please note: this page contains information pertaining to commercial resources and links to both charity and ‘for-profit’ organisations. Operational Delivery Networks are funded by the NHS – we are sharing information for education and collaboration purposes only, and do not receive any direct benefit from this. The network are not intending to promote any particular company or product through our website; our aim is to share information so that NHS colleagues are aware of opportunities to improve pathways for children undergoing surgical procedures, and support options for NHS services to be more child-friendly. We would be happy to highlight any relevant resources, tools, or information currently being used or developed – please contact us if there is anything you would like to share on this page.

Further internal resources are available to NHS colleagues through our NHS Futures page – please click here to request access to the platform:


The Royal College of Anaesthetists have a variety of age-appropriate leaflets designed by children on their website, which show what to expect when having an anaesthetic and what choices there may be.

Dennis has an anaesthetic

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital have recorded a video for children and their families about going for surgery at their Children’s Centre. It explains what happens, how to prepare, and how to recover from an operation.

Dr Amy Norrington and colleagues in South Tees have developed guidelines for developing multidisciplinary, high quality, and child-centred pre-operative assessment to children and young people requiring surgery.

Pyjama Fairies are a UK charity which make pyjamas and surgical gowns
designed for babies and children up to age 16 having surgery or any
other associated medical test.


The Asthma Control Test is a tool used by healthcare providers globally
to help determine if asthma symptoms are well controlled

Health Promotion
These tools and resources on weight, diet and exercise, smoking, dental hygiene, mental health, and vaccinations
can be shared with families to promote and encourage a healthier lifestyle: