Quality improvement and clinical audit

Doctor examining boy with a stethoscopeQuality improvement (QI) projects and national clinical audits evaluate whether standards are being met and help improve the quality of care. We work with paediatric sub-specialty groups, paediatricians, clinical managers and networks - as well as children, young people and their families, to drive improvements.

QI resources

E-learning materials for clinical audit - free, open access sessions of 1-2 hours

Epilepsy Passport - tool to help improve communication between children and young people with epilepsy and their healthcare professionals

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

Meds IQ - an online service that brings together QI tools on paediatric prescribing

Paediatric Care Online - an online decision support tool for all child health professionals in the UK and as part of RCPCH members' subscription, launching January 2016

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) - a series of educational programmes on how how to practice and encourage QIPS in paediatric care

Quality Improvement in Child Health - supporting the delivery of high quality care

Situation Awareness for Everyone (S.A.F.E) - developing and trialling a suite of QI techniques

Clinical audits

Our high-quality national audits aim to help improve patient care and outcomes. We work with health professionals to systematically evaluate their practice against national standards. 

Decreased Conscious Level multi-site audit

Epilepsy12 Audit

National Neonatal Audit Programme (NNAP)

National Paediatric Diabetes Audit (NPDA)

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

Download the RCPCH strategy for clinical audit 2009-14 (PDF, 56KB)

Patient Reported Experience Measure (PREM)

PREMs measure the healthcare experience of patients and/or their carers.

The College has developed a suite of PREMs and implementation guidance for emergency care settings, including GP surgeries, walk-in centres, emergency departments and the ambulance service.

More about these PREMs


In partnership with other organisations, the College manages and supports projects in paediatric medicines.

Access guidance statements on medicines for health professionals, and find out more about Medicines for Children, the parent and carer information resource.

More about medicines resources

Useful resources

HQIP website - clinical audit resources, documents and tools


Clinical Standards Team - clinical.standards@rcpch.ac.uk