National Paediatric Diabetes Audit (NPDA)

 The National Paediatric Diabetes Audit (NPDA) aims to improve the care provided to children with diabetes, their outcomes and experiences and that of their families. 

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Project background

The NPDA  is funded by the Department of Health through the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP). It is delivered by the RCPCH Clinical Standards department within the Research and Policy Division .The RCPCH Clinical Lead for the project is Dr Justin Warner, Consultant Paediatrician. 

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

Audit aims

The primary aim of the NPDA is to examine the quality of care in children and young people with diabetes and their outcomes.  The NPDA is currently commissioned and funded by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and covers England and Wales and is currently commissioned until March 2016.

Priorities

  • 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 patient 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

Which centres are eligible to participate?

The NPDA currently covers England and Wales, but we will be working closely with colleagues in Scotland and Northern Ireland to develop a collaborative UK-wide approach. All centres employing NHS paediatricians involved in the care of infants, children and young people with diabetes are invited to participate.

Who will lead locally?

The audit is led at local level by clinical leads. The NPDA can be described as a typical departmental audit, with additional support provided by the RCPCH NPDA project team and regional diabetes network leads.

NPDA and the paediatric diabetes Best Practice Tariff

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

NPDA and the Transparency Agenda

NPDA was identified as an eligible audit in Prime Minister David Cameron's transparency agenda. See the NPDA - Transparency and open data  for more information.

Partners and stakeholders

Useful links

Contact the NPDA team

Email: npda@rcpch.ac.uk

Tel: 020 7092 6170 or 020 7092 6157