Paediatric Early Warning System (PEWS)

The Paediatric Early Warning System (PEWS) is a work stream of the National Clinical Programme for Paediatrics and Neonatology. It is part of a national initiative aimed at improving the quality and safety of paediatric inpatient care. It provides a framework for care and empowers clinicians to act on behalf of any child with signs of deterioration or about whom they have clinical concern. Ultimately, PEWS is designed to make hospital admissions safer for children and to better support staff in caring for deteriorating paediatric patients.

PEWS Toolkit

The National Clinical Programme for Paediatric and Neonatology have developed a suit of toolkit to support implementation and training, namely:

PEWS Implementation Toolkit

PEWS Trainer Toolkit (for leads and trainers only)

PEWS Audit Toolkit

PEWS Parent/Carer Engagement Toolkit

These toolkit are available at PEWS Training and Support 

PEWS National Clinical Guideline

A National Clinical Guideline on the Irish Paediatric Early Warning System (PEWS) was published by the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee and Department of Health in November 2015 and updated in November 2016.

The full guideline is available to read or download HERE

You can read or download the summary report HERE

National PEWS Steering Group

The National PEWS Steering Group is chaired by Dr. John Fitzsimons, Clinical Director for Quality Improvement, HSE Quality Improvement Division.

National PEWS Steering Group

The National PEWS Steering Group is chaired by Dr. John Fitzsimons, Clinical  Director for Quality Improvement, HSE Quality Improvement Division.

Dr. John Fitzsimons

Chair

Ms. Siobhan Horkan

Programme Manager, NCPPN

Prof. Alf Nicholson

Clinical Lead, NCPPN

 Ms Naomi Bartley

Nurse Tutor

Dr. Ciara Martin

Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Ms. Mary Gorman

Resuscitation Officer

Dr. Ethel Ryan

Consultant Neonatologist / Paediatrician

Ms. Grainne Bauer

Director of Nursing

Dr. Dermot Doherty

Consultant Paediatric Intensivist

Ms. Marina O’Connor

CNM3 Nurse Practice Development

 Dr Sean Walsh

Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Contact us

If you have any queries or would like to provide feedback in relation to PEWS please email Rachel MacDonell, National PEWS Coordinator at siobhanhorkan@rcpi.ie