About the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit

The NPDA is performed annually in England and Wales. The sole aim is to provide information that leads to an improved quality of care for those children and young people affected by diabetes. We produce two reports: report on care processes (healthcare checks) and outcomes; and a report on hospital admissions.

Background

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 2020.

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 & Quality Improvement 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.

Aims and 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 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

Contact the NPDA team

Email: npda@rcpch.ac.uk

Tel: 020 7092 6161 or 020 7092 6167