Level 2 Expansion

PICANet is a web-based audit database that records and stores the details of the treatment of critically ill children in paediatric intensive care units (PICUs, known as Level 3 critical care) from across the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. However, many children receive critical care of a lower level outside of the PICU, and data on these patients is not nationally recorded.

In March of 2021, PICANet was 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’). This PICANet Level 2 pilot study is to test the feasibility and quality of data collection in Level 2 critical care units.

PICANet has worked closely with Level 2 and PICU clinicians to develop the scope of the project and the key metrics to be collected. Following completion of the PICANet Level 2 Expansion pilot, collection of data on Level 2 critical care will be expanded to involve collecting data from children in approximately 30-35 designated Level 2 units or areas in England.

If you have any questions about the expansion please contact either Emma Boyle, Research Nurse, or Emily Evans, Study Administrator.

We also have specific patient and families leaflets and a poster for the Level 2 expansion of PICANet, which can be found in the Patients and Families Information section of our website.

For updates about the pilot study, click here to visit the News section of our website.