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.

The College works 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.

QI education resources and projects

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

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

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

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

Paediatric Care Online - an online decision support tool for all child health professionals, launching summer 2015

Meds QI - an online service that brings together QI tools on paediatric prescribing, launching 28 April 2015

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 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