Quality improvement and clinical audit

boy_being_examined_web.jpgThe College undertakes quality improvement projects and national clinical audits to evaluate whether standards are being met and to help improve the quality of care.

We work closely with paediatric sub-specialty groups and engage directly with paediatricians, clinical managers and networks, as well as children, young people and their families to help drive improvements.

Quality improvement projects

Our QI projects use various approaches to improve patient care and outcomes in a specific area.

  • Headsmart - reducing the length of time it takes to diagnose brain tumours in children

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Programme (QIPS)

The Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) programme has been developed for Paediatric Healthcare Professionals to improve paediatric health services and the quality of care delivered to children and young people.

The primary objective of the programme is to educate those working in paediatrics in how to practice and encourage QIPS. As such it is imperative that the content takes into account the existing knowledge and learning of the audience.

If you are looking to extend you knowledge or get involved with the QIPS programme, please visit the programme page here.

Clinical audits

As part of the College's strategy for clinical audit (PDF), we facilitate high-quality national audits to help improve patient care and outcomes. These audits engage relevant health professionals to systematically evaluate their practice against national standards. 

Current clinical audits

 RCPCH is a collaborating partner in the RCP National Review of Asthma Deaths

Previous clinical audit

Training resources

The College, working with the Healthcare Quality Improvment Partnership (HQIP), has developed a series of e-learning materials for clinical audit

Other useful resources

Clinical audit resources, documents and tools are available from the HQIP website


To find out more about the College's work in clinical standards, contact the Clinical Standards team on clinical.standards@rcpch.ac.uk