Quality improvement and clinical audit

Doctor examining boy with a stethoscopeQuality improvement projects and national clinical audits evaluate whether standards are being met and help improve the quality of care. We work with paediatric sub-specialty groups, paediatricians, clinical managers and networks - as well as children, young people and their families - to drive improvements.

A strategic framework

Our Quality Improvement in Child Health Strategic Framework outlines how the College will support, educate and develop child health professionals to deliver high quality care, reduce the number of preventable deaths and improve patients' and families' experience of healthcare.

Safe system framework for children at risk of deterioration

This safe system framework aims to improve how we recongise and respond to deterioration. It outlines the responsiblities for all involved - from children and young people to the clinical team to local and  national organisations - and it links to useful resources.

Quality improvement resources for clinicians

Epilepsy Passport - tool to help improve communication between children with epilepsy and their healthcare professionals

HeadSmart - resources to enhance the awareness of symptoms of brain tumours in children

Meds IQ - online service that brings together QI tools on paediatric prescribing

Paediatric Care Online - online decision support tool for all child health professionals in the UK and as part of RCPCH members' subscription

PREMs (Patient Reported Experience Measures) - surveys that measure the healthcare experience of patients and/or their carers; these can be adapted for use in emergency care settings

S.A.F.E (Situation Awareness for Everyone) resource pack - presentations, tools and techniques to help communication, build a safety-based culture and deliver better outcomes for children and young people

Educational resources

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

Clinical audit e-learning - free, open access sessions

National clinical audits

To help improve patient care and outcomes, we work with health professionals to systematically evaluate their practice against national standards. 

Current audits:

Other audits:

Download the RCPCH strategy for clinical audit 2009-14 (PDF, 56KB)

Resources in medicines

In partnership with other organisations, the College manages and supports projects in paediatric medicines - find out guidance statements on medicines, and read about Medicines for Children, the parent and carer information resource.


Clinical Standards Team - clinical.standards@rcpch.ac.uk