National Diabetes Quality Programme

We work with paediatric diabetes units in England and Wales to improve care, outcomes and the quality of life for children and young people with diabetes, and their families.

What we do

To help drive outcomes improvements and encourage service change in paediatric diabetes care in England and Wales, the National Diabetes Quality Programme was established in collaboration with the National Children and Young People’s Diabetes Network in April 2018.

We aim to improve multidisciplinary care for children and young people with diabetes in the NHS, reducing unwarranted variations and involving families in service improvement in a developmental way.

Delivering our activities virtually

We rapidly made innovative adaptions to keep paediatric diabetes on the Trust or Health Board radar through the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to use feedback to consider ways to facilitate preparations and ensure all stakeholders get the most out of virtual peer reviews and the QI Collaborative. Thanks to all who have participated so professionally and enthusiastically!

'We invite you to read our publication in the Diabetes Care for Children and Young People journalKeeping paediatric diabetes on the radar'.

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Our QI Collaborative supports multidisciplinary teams to share their processes and develop new models of care. Our pilot began with 10 units in October 2017, and we're now working with teams across the country.
Participating teams self assess a set of clinical measures, providing evidence as support, and our external verification provides a consistent check. We've produced our first report, with some good baseline data.
We train and support health professionals to visit participating units. They speak with the service team, colleagues, patients and families to determine compliance against the standards, explore any barriers and identify good practice.


Here you will be able to find useful materials for taking part in the programme.

News from the College about diabetes and QI


Cymru: Paediatric research in Wales

Officer for Wales Dr David Tuthill, reflects on our recent College Strategy 2021-24 podcast episode, which is about research and why it matters to child health.

Child health research matters to medicine

In this two-part episode we feature Emily Arkell, Director of Quality Improvement and Professor Paul Dimitri, Vice President for Science and Research. They discuss the importance of research to clinical practice in child health and the added training benefits.