Priorities for the Optimising MRI Pathways for Children Working Group

The priorities for all of the clinical working groups within the Operational Delivery Network are ultimately agreed by our group members. The priorities include ensuring that regional practice aligns to national standards, identifying and attempting to address regional variation in practice, and collaboration to ensure continuous service development at both a local and regional level. Over-arching priorities are set annually and are reviewed regularly at group meetings. The group will annually review its progress against their agreed priorities, and report back to their Network Board’s that are accountable.

Identified priorities for the Optimising MRI Pathways for Children Working Group in 2023 / 2024 are to:

• Publish the Paediatric MRI Pathway Best Practice Recommendations (now published – available here)
• Support providers to carry out a pathway audit against the Best Practice Recommendations (April to May 2024)
• Carry out a patient-level audit of paediatric MRI scans (May to July 2024)
• Continue to work with data colleagues to establish a way to view the number of paediatric MRI scans carried out
awake / under general anaesthetic within South and South West providers, and track these numbers over time.
• Continue to work with Health Play Specialists and liaise with Starlight regarding upcoming national guidance and stands for play teams.
• Consider options for a sedation pathway which could be used support the Best Practice Recommendations