Children's HIV and AIDS Reporting System


Children's HIV and AIDS Reporting System

CHARS will continue the important long-term paediatric HIV follow-up previously carried out by the Collaborative HIV Paediatric Study (CHIPS)

CHARS is launching in January 2022


The purpose of CHARS is to monitor outcomes and quality of services and to contribute to national epidemiological monitoring.  The main objectives of the paediatric HIV surveillance are:

  • To provide data for public health surveillance of HIV infections among children living with HIV

  • To monitor the quality of care of children living with HIV until transition to adult services, including producing quality of care indicators

  • To support NHS commissioning services

The Children's HIV and AIDS Reporting System (CHARS) collects on-going clinical and other health information on children living with HIV in England for NHS England and NHS Improvement and the UK Health Security Agency's National Infection Service.  All data are collected with Regulation 3 approval.    

  • Work will be based at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, alongside the Integrated Screening Outcomes Surveillance Service (ISOSS)

  • Surveillance will continue to cover follow-up of all infants and children seen for paediatric HIV care in England

  • Data collection will be submitted via quarterly reports using a secure online portal; respondents can use existing ISOSS accounts to log in and update case reports

  • Timely data collection will support quality of care indicators and commissioning of NHS services


For further information please contact the CHARS Administration Email chars@ucl.ac.uk

CHARS Team, Population, Policy & Practice, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH  

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