Background: The NPDA has been providing annual audit reports to paediatric units in UK from 2003 and a compliance report for 7 care processes since 20162017. Over the years the focus on the type of data and implications of data has changed and become more focused especially after introduction of BPT and PEER review. The paediatric diabetes services at Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals (BTUH) were identified as negative outliers in 20162017 NPDA report. A QI programme was undertaken to improve care of diabetes patients 019 years at BTUH from November 2017 till April 2019. The paediatric diabetes team at BTUH is caring for around 220 patients with type 1 diabetes.
Methodology: The team started a QI project in November 2017 spanning over 18 months. After BTUH paediatric diabetic team received outlier status, the team took part in the RCPCH QI pilot initiative. We used learned QI techniques including pathway mapping exercise, driver diagram and PDSA cycles to implement several small changes. The clinic proforma was tailored to capture NPDA requirements and practical training sessions were organised for admin staff for accurate input of seven care processes data onto Twinkle. The default reminder letters were designed for patients who did not have their annual review bloods and other investigations performed. The live NPDA data was shared with team in MDT meetings and adjustments were made wherever necessary to improve data capture and recording.
Results: The changes implemented have shown significant improvements in seven care process completion rates. The Retinal screening improved from 55 to 82%, the albumin creatinine ratio increased from 24 to 72%, the foot examination increased from 65 to 80% and the TSH increased from 66 to 74%. The overall median HbA1c improved from 66 to 60 mmol/mol. The percentage of children who received all the seven care elements increased from 15% in 20162017 to 56% in 20182019.
Conclusion: The implementation of skills learned at RCPCH QI pilot have shown improvements in completion of 7 care processes. The key to success was to work together as cohesive team and to have ability to review our progress with regular live data.
27 - 29 Nov 2019
British Society for Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes