National audit of the quality standards for paediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition

We have been commissioned by the British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (BSPGHAN) to deliver the National Audit of Quality Standards for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (‘the PGHAN Audit’). 

December 2020 – PGHAN Audit now live

The PGHAN Audit has been re-launched following a pause between May and November due to COVID-19. The data entry platform for the audit went live on 11 December with Health Boards and Trusts across the UK invited to participate.

Initial findings will be shared at the BSPGHAN AGM in January 2021.

A PGHAN Audit report and related data will be released in February/March 2021.

About the audit

This audit will measure against the Quality Standards for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, published jointly by RCPCH and BSPGHAN in 2017.

The audit will include measures that align with nine standards, which focus on the requirement for the full portfolio of specialist gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition services to be provided within clinical networks.

The audit is being delivered by the Clinical Standards and Audits Team at RCPCH, and its methodology and plan of work is overseen by a steering group comprised of representatives of the following organisations:

  • British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
  • British Association of Parental and Enteral Nutrition
  • Coeliac UK
  • Crohn’s & Colitis UK
  • Crohn’s in Childhood Research Association

The audit steering group is chaired by Dr John Fell, Lead Paediatric Gastroenterologist at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Dr Ed Gaynor, Consultant in Paediatric Gastroenterology, Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) as co-chair.

The PGHAN audit team at the BPSHGAN annual general meeting in January 2020

Aims

  • To improve health outcomes and the quality of life for children receiving care for gastroenterology, liver or intestinal disorders throughout the UK
  • To identify any variation in care and ensure that equitable services and access are available for all infants, children and young people in the provision of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition services across the UK
  • To provide powerful evidence on how paediatric services are providing care to local populations and whether system leaders are planning and commissioning services effectively in network
  • To benchmark the provision of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition services across the UK
  • To inform the RCPCH, its members and healthcare professionals of future work that is needed to improve the quality of care provided to infants, children and young people with PGHAN needs

Contact

If you have any queries about the PGHAN Audit, please contact the project team at pghan.audit@rcpch.ac.uk.