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COVID19: QI From the Frontline 30th April, 2020

An RCPCH data collection platform for clinical leads to share information on the impact of COVID-19 on local child health services is currently looking at service capacity, staffing, personal protective equipment, testing availability and child health outcomes. Examples of innovation from the real-world data collated so far include:

COVID19: The Science of Improvement

The Science of Improvement is an applied science that aims to understand what changes in which contexts produce improvements. It draws on clinical science, systems theory, human factors theory, psychology, ergonomics and statistics to apply innovation and rapid-cycle testing on the frontline. 

The methodology is founded in the work of W. Edwards Deming with subsequent creation of the Model for Improvement by Associates for Process Improvement and Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles for small tests of change.

COVID19: QI From the Frontline 22nd April, 2020

The Paediatrics Hub

Paediatric COVID-19 hubs have allowed regions to check staffing levels on a daily basis across the local medical, nursing and allied health professionals workforce. Acute hospital Trusts are also collaborating with their community nursing teams to deliver care out of hospital and to build staffing capability and capacity across paediatrics at a regional level.

The hubs also oversee local reconfiguration activity through a number of ways:

COVID19: Data and Evidence

The RCPCH has launched a designated research and surveillance hub to provide paediatricians, paediatric healthcare workers, providers and policy makers with up-to-date evidence about the impact of COVID-19 on neonates, children and young people.

The online area comprises: 

COVID19: Workforce Wellbeing

Updated RCPCH guidance on planning paediatric staffing and rotas during the COVID-19 response was recently published here.

It calls on the child health community to link up across all services used by children and young people to maintain as much paediatric care on as many sites as safely as possible and ensure there are no unintended consequences of this crisis. The key principles of the guidance are: