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.

About the self assessment

As part of the programme, participating teams complete an annual self assessment against the National Children and Young People (NCYP) Diabetes Quality Programme measures.

The 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. These 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. PDUs are trusted to have supporting evidence available rather than requiring extensive uploading of documentation. The submission phase consists of updating a series of predominantly yes/no fields and details about team and Trust/Health Board composition.

Documentation is thoroughly reviewed as part of both the peer review visit and external verification processes (see below).

Self Assessment 2020

We will be opening the platform on 1 June for all participating units to update their submissions for 2020.  This will be open until 24 July (8 weeks). Further guidance has been shared with clinical leads. We know the current circumstances may make completion more difficult, but we would like to encourage you to do it as this will inform remaining visits and provides valuable information for you as well as us. As with last year, it is an update of the previous submission only and nothing needs to be uploaded so it should not take more than a few minutes. While ideally submissions should also have sign off from your Medical Director, it will not be a requirement in the current circumstances. 

If you have any questions, please get in contact with diabetes.quality@rcpch.ac.uk

Completing the self assessment

The self assessment data collection platform can be viewed by teams at any time to inform service development activities. It is accessible on a read-only basis throughout the year, and fully opened for the annual update in June.

  • To help monitor your progress and benchmark your unit against standards, download the Self assessment measures. These reflect the Best Practice Tariff revisions published in March 2019 with additional amends for 2020 to reference the latest BSPED guidance and provide additional clarifications.
  • To support the collation of evidence, we have developed three template documents which should ensure each MDT has the necessary evidence detailed. Use of the template is optional.
  • To change the user details, please contact the staff team at diabetes.quality@rcpch.ac.uk. Users can reset their own passwords via the platform. 

We published the 2018 Self assessment and external verification report. All teams that participated in the 2018 external verification have received their draft reports with many confirming acceptance and have received their final versions.

About the external verification

The RCPCH staff team coordinates an external check of evidence with 25 selected teams to ensure the self assessment is an accurate reflection.

This seeks to assure the submission, provide a consistency check and opportunity to identify systemic errors and ascertain the appropriate evidence is available on request, as set out in the expectations of the self assessment.

The selected teams are required to upload all supporting materials for review. The evidence is scored against the measures and cross checked with the PDU Self Assessment submission. MDTs are notified of the outcome and have an opportunity to respond with further evidence if required.