Quality statement 14: Follow-up

Quality statement

Children and young people who have had bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia have a follow-up appointment with a consultant paediatrician within 6 weeks of discharge.

Quality measure

Structure: Evidence of local arrangements for children and young people who have had bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia to have a follow-up appointment with a consultant paediatrician within 6 weeks of discharge.

Process: Proportion of children and young people who have had bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia who have a follow-up appointment with a consultant paediatrician within 6 weeks of discharge.

Numerator – the number of people in the denominator who have a follow-up appointment with a consultant paediatrician within 6 weeks of discharge.

Denominator – the number of children and young people who are discharged after having had bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia.

What the quality statement means for different audiences

Service providers ensure systems are in place for children and young people who have had bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia to have a follow-up appointment with a consultant paediatrician within 6 weeks of discharge.

Healthcare professionals ensure that children and young people who have had bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia have a follow-up appointment with a consultant paediatrician within 6 weeks of discharge.

Commissioners ensure they commission services for children and young people who have had bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia to have a follow-up appointment with a consultant paediatrician within 6 weeks of discharge.

Children and young people who have had bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia (blood poisoning) have an appointment with a specialist (a consultant paediatrician) within 6 weeks of leaving hospital.

Source guidance

Meningitis (bacterial) and meningococcal septicaemia in under 16s: recognition, diagnosis and management (2010) NICE guideline CG102, recommendations 1.5.5 (key priority for implementation) and 1.5.7

Data source

Structure: Local data collection.

Process: NHS Digital Hospital Episode Statistics contain the data necessary for the monitoring of outpatient follow-up.

Also contained within the baseline assessment for the NICE guideline on meningitis (bacterial) and meningococcal septicaemia in under 16s.