Quality statement 8: Access to specialists

Quality statement

Children and young people with suspected or confirmed bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia, who have signs of shock or raised intracranial pressure, are assessed by a consultant paediatrician.

Quality measure

Structure: Evidence of local arrangements for children and young people with suspected or confirmed bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia who have signs of shock or raised intracranial pressure to be assessed by a consultant paediatrician.

Process: Proportion of children and young people with suspected or confirmed bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia who have signs of shock or raised intracranial pressure that are assessed by a consultant paediatrician.

Numerator – the number of people in the denominator who are assessed by a consultant paediatrician.

Denominator – the number of children and young people with suspected or confirmed bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia who have signs of shock or raised intracranial pressure.

What the quality statement means for different audiences

Service providers ensure systems are in place for children and young people with suspected or confirmed bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia who have signs of shock or raised intracranial pressure to be assessed by a consultant paediatrician.

Healthcare professionals ensure that children and young people with suspected or confirmed bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia who have signs of shock or raised intracranial pressure are assessed by a consultant paediatrician.

Commissioners ensure they commission services for children and young people with suspected or confirmed bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia who have signs of shock or raised intracranial pressure to be assessed by a consultant paediatrician.

Children and young people with suspected or confirmed bacterial meningitis or meningococcal septicaemia (blood poisoning) who have signs of shock (for example unusual skin colour or breathing difficulty) or raised pressure in the brain are assessed by a consultant paediatrician.

Source guidance

Fever in under 5s: assessment and initial management (2019) NICE guideline NG143, recommendation 1.5.27

Data source

Structure: Local data collection.

Process: Local data collection.