Data tool launched to support elective recovery for children and young people

A new data tool helping providers to accelerate elective recovery for children and young people (CYP) has now gone live.

The Summary Paediatric Indicator Table (SPaedIT) brings together provider-level data summarising demand, capacity, flow and outcomes, all in one place in an easily-accessible dashboard. Refreshed monthly, the data is available across eight key paediatric surgical specialties and more than 35 metrics, supporting frontline NHS colleagues in the 180 providers treating children in England (specialist centres and DGHs), as well as policy makers and commissioners.

Developed by Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) and NHS England’s CYP Transformation team, the SPaedIT enables clinicians and managers to evaluate their performance, understand where they can improve and target the causes accordingly.

GIRFT is holding a lunchtime webinar on 28th July 2023 to demonstrate the tool and outline its uses and benefits.

The Delivery plan for tackling the COVID-19 backlog of elective care highlighted that long waits to access planned care can have life-long consequences on the development of children and young people (CYP).

The SPaedIT launch coincides with a focus on elective recovery for children and young people by NHS England’s Elective Recovery and CYP Transformation programmes, aiming to accelerate progress and address the discrepancy between CYP and adult elective recovery. The focus includes a series of weekly webinars and round tables and is supported by a best practice toolkit.

More information is available on the CYP Elective Recovery FutureNHS page – follow this link to register for upcoming roundtables, including a webinar focused on using data to drive CYP elective recovery.

We know that the Covid-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the lives of children and young people, resulting in significant backlogs in paediatric elective care. The data in the SPaedIT can support NHS teams working with CYP to identify where their issues lie and target their improvement work, making sure that the recovery of paediatric elective surgery matches the pace of that seen in adult recovery.

Professor Kenny is the author of GIRFT’s 2021 national report for paediatric general surgery and urology, which made a series of 12 recommendations for improving care for children and young patients. Among them was a commitment to driving improvements in patient outcomes by strengthening how clinical data is collected, shared and analysed.

The SPaedIT is modelled on the successful Summary Emergency Department Indicator Table (SEDIT) tool, which was developed by GIRFT to support improvements in emergency departments and currently has around 55,000 users.

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