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COVID19: Systems and Situation Awareness

The International Society for Quality in Health Care has published patient safety recommendations for the COVID-19 pandemic here

It describes supporting the health system according to the Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety Human Factors framework that includes:

COVID19: QI From the Frontline 30th March, 2020

Paediatric Cluster Clinics 

What is a cluster clinic?

A cluster is a group of approximately six neighbouring primary care centres. There are four clusters in Aberdeen City and six in Aberdeenshire. A cluster clinic is where all referrals from that cluster are cared for by a single senior decision-maker who is a paediatrician, usually a consultant.

COVID19: Lessons From the Global Community


Professor Nanshan Zhong, Director of the National Clinical Research Centre for Respiratory Disease, presents perspectives on the management of COVID-19 infection in China hosted by The European Respiratory Society, in collaboration with PREPARE EU and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control here.

COVID19: QI From the Frontline 25th March, 2020

Double Triage 

While the face to face paediatric clinics are cancelled, we introduced “double triage”.

A consultant on-call triages incoming GP referrals to decide which referral can wait till August or September.

QI Blog - February 2020

Paediatric Polypharmacy and Deprescribing: Clinical Pharmacology QI 

As a GRID trainee in paediatric clinical pharmacology I am interested in how medicines are prescribed, and more specifically whether they are prescribed appropriately. A recent audit spanning 12 months (in the secondary and tertiary hospital in which I currently work) identified 668 children were receiving >10 drugs concurrently, while 30 were receiving >20 drugs at any one time.