PICANet collects data from Level 3 (Paediatric Intensive Care) Units and has been commissioned by NHS England and Improvement to undertake a 2-year development project to expand its clinical audit to include data collection and reporting of children in discrete Level 2 PCC units (sometimes referred to as ‘High Dependency Units’). Please see our Level 2 Expansion page for more information.

PICANet was established to develop and maintain a secure and confidential high quality clinical database of paediatric intensive care activity in order to:

  • Identify best clinical practice
  • Monitor supply and demand
  • Monitor and review outcomes of treatment episodes
  • Facilitate healthcare planning and quantify resource requirements
  • Study the epidemiology of critical illness in children

PICANet collects three core datasets:

Admission data: The demographic and clinical data on all admissions, collated by PICANet, allows comparison of PICU activity at a local level with national benchmarks such as PCCS Standards. This dataset provides an important evidence base on outcomes, processes and structures that permits planning for future practice, audit and interventions.

Referral and Transport data: This enables us to compare and audit these important aspects of care for children who need paediatric intensive care.

Examples of the Data Collection forms we use are available in the Data Collection section.

Each year PICANet produces audit reports to show the changes and comparisons over the three year reporting period. All annual reports are accessible in the  Annual Report section.

Find out more at: https://www.picanet.org.uk/

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