Paediatric Emergency Research in the UK and Ireland (PERUKI) was established in 2012 to enhance the quality of emergency care for children and young people through robust collaborative multicentre research. In 2015 PERUKI published an initial list of research priorities which were identified via a two-part Delphi process This prioritisation exercise drove the PERUKI research agenda for the first decade, and many of the questions have been successfully addressed through large multi-centre studies. In doing so PERUKI has been involved in attracting more than £15 million in successful grant applications.
In addition to answering a number of the original questions, the evolving landscape of healthcare, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the changing pressures on the National Health Service (NHS), has introduced new dynamics and challenges that warrant a refresh of research priorities for PEM.
To do this we have partnered with the James Lind Alliance’s Priority Setting Partnership to ensure direct representation for all key stakeholders. The objective of this partnership is to work with patients, carers, and healthcare professionals to identify uncertainties in Paediatric Emergency Medicine. Doing so will focus research which will improve the quality of emergency care. This includes improvement in outcomes, equitable and efficient care, improvements in experience, quality of communication, continuity, and consistency of care. This work has been funded by the Royal College of Emergency Medicine.
Updates on the prioritisation exercise will be posted here. For further information contact the project co-ordinator.