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. 


 On this page:

NPDA Online survey, 'How are we doing? Your diabetes clinic wants your views'

The feedback surveys that many of us/you completed in clinic over the last two years are now online, making it easier than ever to share your views. If you are a patient or parent and carer, click here to find out more info.

Project background

The NPDA is funded by the Department of Health through the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP). It covers England and Wales and is currently commissioned until March 2016. 

It is delivered by the RCPCH Clinical Standards Team 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 aim

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


  • 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.

For more information - see transparency and open data.

Partners and stakeholders

Useful links

Contact the NPDA team


Tel: 020 7092 6170 or 020 7092 6157