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Paediatric Care
Paediatric Care

Paediatric Care

*** SPSP Paediatric Care Networking Event ***

We are hosting a paediatric networking event on Wednesday 25 October in Edinburgh. To find out more see our flyer and visit the events section of this website (October).

The Paediatric Care strand aims to support NHS boards to improve the quality and safety of paediatric healthcare. The key objective is to reduce avoidable harm in paediatric services by 30% by March 2019.

One of the mechanisms used to demonstrate this is the Paediatric Serious Harm Key Indicators, developed from the Cincinnati Children's Hospital model.

The areas of focus for paediatric care are:
reduce serious safety events
reduce medicines harm
reduce ventilator associated pneumonia
reduce central venous catheter bloodstream infection
reduce unplanned admissions to intensive care
improve child protection identification and escalation processes within acute hospitals.

To support the reduction of harm in acute care settings, there is also a focus on the identification and appropriate treatment of the deteriorating patient.

Paediatric Care

MCQIC uses the Breakthrough Series Collaborative Model. Networking events are held every six months to encourage sharing and learning. These are interspersed with action periods, when local teams undertake small tests of change to improve care.

The Model for Improvement
is used to support testing and implementing changes. Frontline staff are also supported through monthly WebEx sessions.
A key element of monitoring and guiding improvements is the use of data.  All units are collecting and using local data to drive improvements. 

Achievements of the paediatric care programme so far include the development of a national system-wide Paediatric Early Warning Score (PEWS) and the development of the Paediatric Sepsis Six.

A range of tools and resources for frontline staff, including the measurement plan, can be found in the SPSP Members’ Area and Tools and Resources below.

WebEx Presentations and Recordings
Tools and Resources