National Paediatric Diabetes Audit (NPDA)

This clinical audit aims to improve the care provided to children with diabetes, their outcomes and the experiences of patients and families. 

Update to the 2017 Audit

We are still awaiting a decision on the outcome for the retender of the NPDA audit. RCPCH has tendered to continue to deliver the audit and until we know the final decision, we are not in a position to publish any dates or new processes.

We apologise for any uncertainty and hope that we can continue to successfully work together in the next round.

The team and I are very much looking forward to seeing many of you in Birmingham next week where we can share some exciting developments and celebrate your continued successes.

Mark Hannigan, Clinical Standards Manager

Key upcoming dates

  • NPDA National Conference - 13 January 2017
  • 2015-16 national report - February 2017
  • 2015-16 unit, regional and CCG level reports - March 2017
  • 2016-17 data collection - April 2017

PDU Number for units

Find attached a list containing the PDU Number for each unit here (MS Excel, 19 KB)

National report for 2014-15

The NPDA annual national report for 2014-15 (PDF) summarises data collected from healthcare professionals caring for children and young people with diabetes in England and Wales. It covers diabetes incidence, prevalence, outcomes and compliance with care processes. It makes recommendations for improvements to care.

All national reports and audit data for 2014-15 and previous years

Unit reports for 2014-15

Find and download individual unit reports with the below map, or open it in a new window. These reports summarise each unit's performance and outcomes in 2014-15.

Patient and parent views

We received more than 7,500 responses from patients and their families about their experiences of children's diabetes care. The responses will help local units continue to improve their services.

Find summaries for your clinic


The NPDA is an audit of the care processes received and outcomes achieved by all children and young people attending paediatric diabetes units in England and Wales. It is funded by the Department of Health through the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and is currently commissioned until 31 April 2017. 

The RCPCH has reinvigorated the paediatric component of the high profile National Diabetes Audit, introducing a number of innovations and efficiencies. These include measures of patient experience and the use of inventive approaches to data collection, which minimise the burden on clinicians. 

The RCPCH's Clinical Standards Team delivers the audit. The project's Clinical Lead is Dr Justin Warner, Consultant Paediatrician, and local clinical leads support the audit across the country. 

Aim and priorities

The primary aim of the NPDA is to examine the quality of care in children and young people with diabetes and their outcomes.

Our priorities are to:

  • build on and improve the previous joint adult and paediatric audit
  • collect a clinically meaningful dataset
  • engage clinicians, patients and parents
  • improve awareness of NPDA findings and maximise their use to drive national policy
  • develop the use of NPDA data in local and national quality improvements
  • use a regional network approach to data collection
  • capture patients' experiences
  • collaborate with the suppliers of the adult audit to ensure information around transition to adult care is captured
  • report at timely and regular intervals
  • develop user-friendly tools to interrogate the dataset
  • support centres wishing to develop local action plans to improve diabetes care
  • maximise the use and availability of data for research.

Best Practice Tariff

As stated by the Department of Health in their Payment by Results Guidance for 2011-12, participation in the NPDA is a mandatory requirement to receive the diabetes tariff in England.

Partners and stakeholders

Further information

Contact the NPDA team


Tel: 020 7092 6170 or 020 7092 6157