Diabetes Quality Programme - Quality Improvement Collaborative

Our QI Collaborative supports multidisciplinary teams over a nine-month training programme to share processes and develop new models of care to improve health outcomes.


As part of the Programme, teams participate in a national Quality Improvement (QI) collaborative.

The aim is to provide multidisciplinary (MDT) teams with the support and tools to identify, design and analyse their own interventions specific to the needs of the children and young people and their families that they care for.

This is a nine-month programme of training in QI methodology led by an expert QI trainer and comprising four events. We conclude with a celebratory day where units present their QI initiatives.

In the celebratory event for the pilot collaborative (see highlights in the below video), these initiatives included carb counting at diagnosis, self-management resources in the community, access to download technology, support for patients on pumps and the outpatient clinic experience. Eighteen months on, the units in the pilot have demonstrated an accelerated decrease in median HbA1c levels over the course of the collaborative, reporting up to 10% of improvement within a year.

What's next

All units enrolled in the Diabetes Quality Programme are entitled to apply for a space in the QI collaborative. By 2021, up to 100 paediatric diabetes units in England and Wales will undergo this course of QI training through 12 waves. 

The peer review process, along with robust audit data and a clear improvement methodology, supports actions to enhance improvement across all participating units.

Applications open!

We are currently inviting applications from MDTs for Waves 10 (Sheffield), 11 (Birmingham) and 12 (Leicester) of the Paediatrics Diabetes Quality Improvement Collaborative.

If your team would like to join, then please complete application form below. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact diabetes.quality@rcpch.ac.uk