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Civil Eyes Research - The Specialist Children’s Hospitals Network

Civil Eyes Research works with a group of seventeen Specialist Children's Hospitals across the UK. The purposes of the group are to benchmark information and share good practice and approaches to the provision of specialist children's care.  

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The membership of the network comprises the children’s hospitals in Birmingham, Belfast, Bristol, Cardiff, The Evelina Hospital at Guy’s and St. Thomas’, Glasgow, Great Ormond Street, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Lothian, Manchester, Newcastle, Norfolk & Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Royal London, Sheffield and Southampton.

The Specialist Children’s Hospitals NetworkThe project is managed by a steering group of all the participating hospitals which meets annually to agree a programme of work. The steering group meets every February to agree a series of workshops and studies. These are described in full on the members’ page.

The themes for 2015 included Medical Productivity, High Dependency care, Paediatric Radiology, a deep-dive study into outpatients within Paediatric Surgery & Urology and Paediatric Neurology, Paediatric Nephrology, the role and contribution of specialist nurses and AHPs, Performance management and Safeguarding.

The network started out ten years ago with an emphasis upon Data Quality, information sources and coding before embarking upon a series of clinical and staffing reviews covering a wide range of areas including Paediatric Surgery and Urology, Haematology / Oncology, Crohn’s Disease, Respiratory Medicine, Neurology and Nephrology.

Over the years, multi-disciplinary workshops have covered Emergency Admissions, Indicators of Quality, Specialist top-up payments, Outpatient activity, Paediatric Intensive Care, the use and allocation of Programmed Activities for Medical Staff and local tariff comparisons.

The Specialist Children’s Hospitals NetworkThe network of Specialist Children’s Hospitals has spent time in building a series of databases covering Medical Consultant PAs, Nursing staff, allied health professionals and outpatient activity, each using a taxonomy developed by Civil Eyes Research in partnership with the specialist children’s hospitals.

Specific tailored reports at specialty level are also described on the members’ page.

Further information about the project is available from Geoff Bick at Civil Eyes Research via email at or by clicking here.