Diabetes Quality Programme - Self Assessment and External Verification

Each participating paediatric diabetes unit (PDU) provides an annual self assessment against the Programme measures. This informs the peer review visit and enables PDUs and the programme to track and report on progress and identify common areas for improvement.

What is the self assessment?

As part of the programme, participating PDUs complete an annual self assessment against the National Diabetes Quality Programme measures.

The NDQP Self Assessment measures, agreed by the National Network with the support of NICE and NHS England, provide a set of indicators that supplement the National Paediatric Diabetes Audit’s (NPDA) picture of patient-level processes of care and outcomes. The measures include details of the structure and organisation of services at hospital and multidisciplinary team level to demonstrate improvement and identify service gaps where resources are required.

The collected data from the self assessment also help NHS Trusts in England to demonstrate compliance with the Paediatric Diabetes Best Practice Tariff Criteria. In Wales, the data helps towards continuing improvement work to benefit children with diabetes and their families.

Following feedback on the previous Diabetes Quality Improvement Network System (DQuINS) methodology, the self assessment platform is designed to be as simple to complete as possible. The submission phase consists of updating a series of predominantly yes/no fields and details about team and Trust/Health Board composition. PDUs are trusted to have supporting evidence available rather than requiring extensive uploading for the submission. Documentation is then thoroughly reviewed as part of the peer review and External Verification (EV) workstreams.

Self assessment 2021

The self assessment platform will be open between 14 June and 30 July 2021 for services to submit their annual data.

A new RCPCH Self Assessment DataPortal been developed for the 2021 round. Whilst the appearance may be different, the process and content of the submission remains the same. 2020 data has been pre-populated for services to update where there have been changes and verify that the information is correct. 

The platform will remain open on a read-only basis throughout the year to support service development activities and inform peer review.

We have produced a guide for submission and a short video walk-through to support completion.

To register new users or change details, please contact the staff team at diabetes.quality@rcpch.ac.uk. Users can reset their own passwords via the platform. 

Documents to support evidence collation

  • The 2021 Self Assessment measures have been updated to include examples of documents which evidence compliance as required for peer review and to provide clarification on some elements following feedback
  • To support the collation of evidence, we have compiled three templates which may be used by PDUs to produce their core documents. Use is optional.
  • A separate list of suggested evidence has also been produced.

RCPCH DataPortal Walkthrough video

Our short walkthrough video (1:40) demonstrates login, data submission and filtering by status.