Update to the COVID-19 II Custom Data Collection

The COVID-19 II Custom Data Collection has been updated with input from clinicians.

The All admissions section of the data collection form will collect the following data items for all PICU admissions meeting the criteria for inclusion in the COVID-19 II Custom Data Collection:

  • Number of doses of COVID-19 vaccine received
  • Date of most recent COVID-19 vaccine
  • Type of most recent COVID-19 vaccine

These fields were previously only collected in the Potential COVID 19 vaccine related complications section/ cohort and have now been removed to avoid duplication.

Other updates:

  • PIMS-TS section: We’ve amended “COVID-19 PCR test result” question title to “COVID-19 PCR test result during this admission”.
  • COVID-19 confirmed by PCR section: We’ve amended the option title “No symptoms – asymptomatic throughout PICU stay” to “No symptoms attributed to COVID-19 throughout PICU stay / asymptomatic”.

In order to release this there will be some PICANet web downtime from 17:00 on Friday 11th February 2022. If you use PICANet web, a notification will appear on PICANet web to not enter data when the system is at risk. The updated data collection will be available from Saturday 12th February 2022.

Version 2.0 of the data collection form and dataset definitions manual to support completion of the data will be made available 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).

Removal of field from PICANet Admissions dataset

Please note that there is no requirement to complete the GP practice code field in the PICANet Admissions dataset from Tuesday 01 Feb 2022.

By 31 Mar 2022 this field will be removed from the PICANet Admission dataset so it will not appear for those who enter data manually and if data imports include this field, the data will not be stored in PICANet web.

We will update the news page to confirm the date that the field is to be removed and let you know when the updated data collection resources are available.

Further to ceasing collection, previously collected GP practice code field data will be removed from PICANet web as it is not necessary or utilised.

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.

COVID-19/PIMS-TS Rapid Reporting frequency change to Weekly – January 2022

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

The upcoming dates for returns are now on Mondays 10th (by Tuesday 11th January at the latest), 17th and 24th January 2022.

This change is due to the increase in reported numbers and to monitor the Omicron variant in PICU populations. 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

Thank you again to the PICU teams for their ongoing hard work.

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



Update on the COVID-19 II Custom Data Collection

Further to our announcement that PICANet will be updating the current COVID-19 Custom Data Collection to COVID-19 II, it is now anticipated that this will be launched on Monday 13th December 2021 unless otherwise stated. Thank you for your patience as we work to streamline the data collection.