PICANet Annual Report 2021

We are pleased to announce that the PICANet Annual Report 2021 is now published.

This can be downloaded from our Annual Reporting and Publications page.

The PICANet Annual Report includes the Tables and Figures, Appendices and Supplementary Special Chapters:

  1. COVID-19 and PIMS-TS in PICU
  2. COVID-19 Staffing Survey
  3. Diabetic ketoacidosis in English PICUs: the impact of COVID-19

New for the 2021 Annual Report, is an infographic to highlight some of key findings.

Seasonal Closure 17/12/2021 – 04/01/2022

PICANet, based at the Universities of Leeds and Leicester, will be closed during the academic Christmas holiday.

Support from the PICANet team will be available up until 17th December 2021.

If any queries, including technical support queries, are received after 17th December, we will respond to them when our offices re-open on 4th January 2022.


Thank you and season’s greetings from the PICANet Team.

COVID-19/PIMS-TS Rapid Reporting Christmas Dates

To notify all units that Monday 13th December 2021 (today) will be the last COVID/PIMS-TS reporting date of the year. Due to Christmas, Monday 27th December will be skipped and your next report will be due on Tuesday 4th January 2022 (a day later due to the bank holiday). You will receive a reminder as usual for this. After this, fortnightly Monday reporting will resume, with the next return date after being Monday 17th January.

Please let us know if you foresee any issues with your return and thank you to those who have queried this. With thanks as well for your ongoing efficient reporting during this time.

Release of COVID-19 II Custom Data Collection

The COVID-19 II Custom Data Collection tab is now available on PICANet web to collect data for admissions to PICU from 13 December 2021 meeting one of the following criteria:

  1. Children aged less than 18 years clinically diagnosed with PIMS-TS (who may also have a positive COVID-19 PCR test or a positive antibody test); or
  2. Children aged less than 18 years for whom a diagnosis of COVID-19 is confirmed by laboratory diagnosis during or immediately prior to admission to a paediatric intensive care unit (PICU); or
  3. A child aged less than 18 years with suspected or potential COIVID-19 vaccine- related complications (e.g. myocarditis/pericarditis) (not PIMS-TS or COVID-19 confirmed by PCR).

Please find the revised data collection form and dataset definitions manual support completion of the data on the COVID-19 page.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team via picanet@leeds.ac.uk and PICANet Research Nurse Lyn Palmer (slp60@leicester.ac.uk).

PICANet Annual Meeting

The PICANet Team are excited to announce that the first virtual PICANet Annual Meeting will be held on 26th January 2022. The half-day will run between 9:50 and 13:20, and will be held via MS Teams.

Registration for this year’s Annual Meeting is now open and can be accessed here. All PICU staff and collaborators are invited to attend. Registration is free.

PICANet will present findings from the 2021 Annual Report, update on developments, and there will be a range of guest speakers. We hope you will enjoy the morning.

If you have any questions, please contact the team.

We look forward to seeing you in January.

Thank you.

The PICANet Team



COVID-19 II Custom Data Collection

Coming soon: 

PICANet will be updating the current COVID-19 Custom Data Collection to COVID-19 II. The Custom Data Collection has been revised with input from clinicians, taking into account feedback from the original COVID-19 data collection, and is more streamlined for quicker data collection/entry. It also has the addition of the variable: ‘Potential COVID-19 vaccine related complications’ as a reason for reporting.  To aid data collection of the new revised COVID-19 II Custom Data Collection, a revised dataset definitions manual, and FAQ page, will all be available to download shortly.

It is anticipated that this will be launched on Monday 6th December 2021 unless otherwise stated.

PCCS Standards 2021 and PICANet

On the 15th October 2021, the Paediatric Critical Care Society (PCCS) released their 6th Edition of the PCCS Quality Standards for the Care of Critically Ill or Injured Children. Two of these standards relate to the timely submission of admission, referral, and transport data to PICANet. The new PCCS standards 2021, have reduced this submission time of data to PICANet from three months to two months:

L3-702- Data for submission to PICANet should be collected and submitted as soon as possible and no later than two months after discharge from the PCC unit.

T-701 – data for referral and transport should be collected and submitted as soon as possible and no later than two months after the transfer.

PICANet will implement this change using a staged approach. At first, email validations between now and the 31st December will show both the two and three month data validation queries for your information. From the 1st January 2022 PICANet will then only show the two month validation queries, and we will be expecting you to meet these standards.

We will of course work closely with units if there are any problems or issues that arise. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team via picanet@leeds.ac.uk.

COVID-19 Rapid Reporting frequency change – September 2021

Until the 6th September, organisations have been required to return their COVID-19 and PIMS-TS rapid reporting spreadsheet on a monthly basis. Thank you again to the PICU teams for their ongoing hard work in returning these.

PICANet is now moving back to a more frequent reporting schedule for COVID-19 and PIMS-TS cases from units. Returns will now be due fortnightly. The PICANet team will continue to advise of these dates by email.

This change is due to a potential increase in the number of new infections due to schools re-opening, as well as requests for increased monitoring from NHS England. The change will remain in place until further notice and will be reviewed if there is a change in national infection rates.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to get in touch with the team via picanet@leeds.ac.uk 

Updated guidance has been published here.

Bank Holiday Closure – August 2021

PICANet, based at the Universities of Leeds and Leicester, will be closed for the Summer Bank Holiday on the 30th August 2021 and in addition the University of Leeds will also be closed on 31st August 2021.

Please contact picanet@leeds.ac.uk if you have any questions and one of the team will respond to your enquiry from Wednesday 1st September 2021 when the University of Leeds office re-opens.

We thank you for your patience and understanding.