National Children and Young People's Diabetes Quality Programme

This programme, developed in partnership with the National Children and Young People's Diabetes Network and eleven local networks, aims to improve outcomes for Children and young people with diabetes in England and Wales. It has three parts: a Quality Improvement (QI) Collaborative, an annual Self Assessment process and a Peer Review programme.

We are starting to make impact across NHS paediatric diabetes units in England and Wales. The first round of self assessment is complete. More than a hundred peer reviewers are trained and the first sites in October and November have been peer reviewed. And, the pilot QI Collaborative has demonstrated the impact of a whole-team managed course in quality improvement, with two further national waves now in process and applications now open for the first three regional waves starting in early 2019.

You can download our QI Collaborative presentation below, which explains the programme. Or, contact us or your network manager if you would like any specific materials for local use.

Quality Improvement Collaborative

This Collaborative supports multi-disciplinary teams (MDTs) to share their processes and develop new models of care to improve outcomes for children and young people and their families. In October 2017, we piloted a Collaborative involving the whole MDT from ten participating units. This aimed to help the units implement new ways of working and mechanisms for measurement and review, and it provided time together to agree shared objectives and plans.

You can watch our short video of the pilot programme.

In October 2018, we rolled out the collaborative to all units in the programme.

Fourteen NHS Trusts/Health Boards from all 11 regional networks in England and Wales are now participating in national Waves 2 and 3. 

Nineteen NHS Trusts/Health Boards have been selected for the first 3 regional waves taking place in Exeter, Manchester and Bristol starting from March 2019.

Applications for regional waves in Winchester and Darlington will open in June 2019.

Self assessment - external verification 

Thank you to all teams who submitted their documents by 6 September. We have completed the evaluation and advised units of their scores informally. Units should be receiving their draft report shortly. Details of Core Measures (a subset of the main hospital and MDT measures) are available for download below. 

As a Clinical lead you can review your own self assessment submission at any time on our data collection platform - log in with your email address and password to access participating units. All records are locked so you cannot edit. 

You can also download below the measures to monitor progress with the self assessment and benchmark your unit against standards. Please contact us if you would like an editable version (in MS Word).

Peer review

This programme of visits is now well under way with over 180 reviewers trained, and planning now into the summer for visits. You can download our manual for reviews below.   We are now contacting units about their preferred time for a review visit. If you have not heard from our Peer Review team, please contact us on to agree when we will visit. 

We have had an overwhelming response to our request for Peer Reviewers among clinicians and parent representatives. If you would like to know more please get in touch and we can send application forms. There will be more opportunities to attend induction/training events next year. 


We produce regular updates about the programme for circulation through Network Managers and Chairs. Download the latest edition below, and look out for new updates.

Contact us

For more information or if you have any questions we'd be delighted to hear from you!

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