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Analysis tools

Getting Into Research – online workshop

When you think of a process in your practice, you might be able to think of some ‘solutions’ off the top of your head. Analysis tools, however, enable you to examine an area as a team and drill down to uncover useful pieces of information, such as false assumptions, that can help generate new solutions and provide the order in which to address them. They include tools you will already be familiar with, such as clinical audit and significant event analysis.

  • Getting Into Research – online workshopThe GM GP Excellence Programme, in conjunction with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network Greater Manchester, invite those working in Primary Care to an online workshop on 24th September 2020 from 2:30-4pm to consider becoming research active - providing opportunities for your patients and team to play a part in research and innovation.
  • Quality improvement: prescribing and patient safety reportsThe RCGP and Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) have developed confidential bespoke practice and patient-level drug prescribing reports, available for free for GP practices contributing to CPRD.
  • Clinical research in primary careIn this video members of the Clinial Research Network for Greater Manchester explain the wide-ranging benefits of carrying out clinical research in the primary care setting of GP practices and pharmacies.
  • Productive General Practice programmeThe Productive General Practice programme is designed to help general practice continue to deliver high quality care whilst meeting increasing levels of demand and diverse expectations.
  • Quality Improvement to drive earlier cancer diagnosisCancer Research UK and Dr Bill Taylor (RCGP Clinical Lead for building QI capability) invite you to attend a half day workshop focused on using quality improvement techniques to drive the early diagnosis of cancer in primary care.
  • General Practice Improvement Leaders ProgrammeThe General Practice Improvement Leaders Programme is a free training programme designed for GPs, practice managers, nurses, project managers and facilitators working in general practice to support the GP Forward View. The programme provided by NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement team offers step-by-step tools and techniques to help build skills and confidence to lead service redesign in general practice.
  • Life QIThe Life QI online platform is a project and programme management tool for quality improvement, using quality improvement approaches and techniques.
  • Healthcare hackathonsThis resource explains how the Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for the North West Coast, can help local healthcare organisations to run their own hackathons, gathering people from different backgrounds to form teams, collaborate within a limited time frame, and focus on a specific problem or idea in healthcare to come up with innovative ideas and solutions.
  • Quality Improvement Toolkit For Early Diagnosis Of CancerThis toolkit is to help GPs and their practice teams to improve their early diagnosis of cancer principally by using the findings from the National Cancer Diagnosis Audit (NCDA). The NCDA is an audit of primary and secondary care data of patients diagnosed with cancer. It ...
  • QI Ready eLearning modulesThe RCGP has produced eLearning modules to compliment the QI Ready network and self-accreditation process. There are a suite of three modules that will assist you in better understanding quality improvement methodologies.
  • Forcefield analysisForcefield analysis is an improvement tool that helps you to list, discuss and evaluate the various forces for and against a proposed change.
  • Webinar – The experience of improving diabetes careThis webinar explored issues surrounding improving the diabetes care using Quality Improvement methods and tools. The webinar gives an introduction to QI tools and methods, looks at their use in practice setting, and points to available resources.
  • RCGP Quick guide: Fishbone diagramThis RCGP Quick guide introduces Fishbone diagrams (also called cause and effect analysis) which are used to help to identify and display the root causes of a problem.
  • RCGP Quick guide: Clinical auditThis RCGP Quick guide provides the standard headings for a clinical audit report and gives tips on how to define and fulfil each section. It attempts to keep the process simple and will satisfy the requirements of General Medical Council (GMC) revalidation.
  • RCGP Quick guide: Process and Value Stream MappingThis RCGP Quick guide introduces process and value stream mapping, techniques that creates a visual representation of all the steps in a process.
  • Presentation on safety netting for cancer diagnosis in primary careThis presentation introduces safety netting for cancer diagnosis in primary care and aims to support healthcare professionals to detect cancers earlier and minimise delayed diagnoses.
  • Safety netting for cancer diagnosis in primary careThis brief guide to safety netting for cancer diagnosis in primary care aims to support healthcare professionals to detect cancers earlier and minimise delayed diagnoses.
  • Resources for Cancer Significant Event Analysis training sessionsThis collection of resources are designed to support general practices to deliver effective Cancer Significant Event Analysis training sessions.
  • Significant Event Analysis GP Guide: Early Diagnosis of CancerThis guide will support GPs and colleagues in primary care teams to undertake an effective Cancer Significant Event Analysis (SEA), and identify any potential improvements in practice systems using documentation or proactive safety netting.
  • Example cancer singnificant event analyses with thematic analysisThese fictional example cancer singnificant event analyses (SEAs) demonstrate a varying range of quality. Each contains detailed notes showing both positive and negative examples of reflection, subsequent actions, and impacts following a cancer diagnosis.
  • Training resources for completing an effective cancer significant event analysisThis collection of resources have been developed with a 'train the trainer' approach as a guide to the process involved in completing an effective cancer significant event analysis (SEA).
  • Whitedboard video: Run chartsIn these videos Dr Robert Lloyd from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement introduces Run charts, a tool that allows practices to analyse data, with minimum use of statistical methods, and helps determine if an improvement has been made.
  • Whitedboard video: Pareto AnalysisIn this video Dr Robert Lloyd from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement introduces Pareto Analysis, a statistical technique in decision-making used for the selection of a limited number of tasks that produce significant overall effect.
  • Diabetes Care quality improvement toolThe Diabetes Care quality improvement tool has been designed to help practices to audit their clinical data helping them to optimise the management and care of patients with diabetes and reduce their risk of developing associated complications.
  • Model for improvement for diabetesDo you want to introduce a change to improve diabetes care? If so, the model for improvement for diabetes allows you to plan and test the change.
  • Healthcare Quality Improvement PartnershipThe Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership is an independent organisation aims to improve health outcomes by enabling those who commission, deliver and receive healthcare to measure and improve our healthcare services. The HQIP website offers resources and support to help measure and improve healthcare services, especially in the areas of national clinical audit and quality improvement.
  • Significant Event AuditSignificant Event Audit - also called Significant Event Review or Analysis - is an increasingly routine part of general practice. It is a technique to reflect on and learn from individual cases to improve quality of care overall.
  • QI Ready self-accreditationQI Ready is a self approval tool to assist you in better understanding quality improvement methodologies. It offers clear examples of QI in practice and will help you to improve your knowledge and skills in this field.
  • Process mapping for diabetesThis process map offers a visual representation of all the steps in the process of caring for patients living with diabetes, from diagnosis of diabetes to annual review.
  • Fishbone diagram for diabetes careIf you are trying to work out why patients don’t turn up for review or why the treatment target for blood pressure is not being met, then the Fishbone diagram for diabetes care can help you.
  • Strategic quality improvement: An action learning approachThis case study details the approach and philosophy behind work undertaken by the King’s Fund to work with Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust's Quality Board to facilitate an assessment of its existing approaches to quality improvement and to develop a strategy for future work.
  • Early Diagnosis of Cancer Significant Event Analysis ToolkitThis toolkit aims to support GPs, practice staff and commissioners in conducting high quality cancer Significant Event Analysis (SEA) with the aim of improving patient outcomes in the early diagnosis of cancer.
  • RCGP Quick guide: Significant event analysisThis RCGP Quick guide introduces Significant Event Analysis a technique to reflect on and learn from individual cases to improve quality of care overall.
  • Clinical Audit Surgery PostersThe RCGP has produced a series of posters and animations in partnership with the London College of Communication to promote effective clinical audits in GP surgeries.
  • An introduction to statistics for local clinical audit and improvementThis guide sets out the basics of statistical data analysis and presentation for those involved in local clinical audit and improvement projects.
  • National Cancer Diagnosis AuditThe National Cancer Diagnosis Audit (NCDA) aims to help review practice processes and improve cancer outcomes. The audit will look at cancer diagnosis and implementation of clinical standards to inform delivery of best care for cancer patients.
  • What is clinical audit? And other frequently asked questionsA simple guide covering common FAQs on clinical audit.
  • A guide to good quality coding and safety netting for cancer diagnosisThis guide to quality coding and safety netting for cancer diagnosis aims to enhance patient safety by having the most up-to-date and connected information about your patient at your fingertips, regardless of how long you have known the patient.
  • Whitedboard video: Force Field AnalysisIn this video Dr Robert Lloyd from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement introduces Force Field Analysis, a tool that helps you to list, discuss and evaluate the various forces for and against a proposed change.
  • Whitedboard video: Cause and effect diagramsIn this video Dr Robert Lloyd from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement introduces cause and effect diagrams, also known as fishbone diagrams, which are used to help to identify and display the root causes of a problem.
  • Enhanced Significant Event AnalysisEnhanced Significant Event Analysis is an NHS Education for Scotland innovation which aims to guide health care teams to apply human factors thinking when performing a significant event analysis, particularly where the event has had an emotional impact on staff involved.
  • Whitedboard video: Control chartsIn these videos Dr Robert Lloyd from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement introduces control charts, also known as Shewhart charts, which are used to display the measure of interest over time with the mean plotted as an X bar.
  • Cancer Significant Event Audit Peer Review pilotThis joint initiative undertaken by the RCGP, the National Cancer Action Team and Macmillan Cancer Support, offered anonymised external peer assessment of Significant Event Audits of cancer diagnosis.
  • Whitedboard video: FlowchartsIn these videos Dr Robert Lloyd from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement introduces flowcharts, a tool used to depict the sequence of movements or actions of people or things involved in a complex system or activity.
  • Quality improvement made simple: What everyone should know about healthcare quality improvementThis guide, from The Health Foundation, focuses in particular at what are known as organisational or industrial approaches to quality improvement.
  • Whitedboard video: PDSA cyclesIn these videos Dr Robert Lloyd from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement introduces the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) approach, a technique that allows change to be introduced in a considered way but on a small and manageable scale, measuring the ‘before’ and ‘after’ effects of each change, and provides evidence to assist in maintaining the changes that work.
  • Whitedboard video: Driver diagramsIn this video Dr Robert Lloyd from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement introduces driver diagrams, which are used to helps you to translate a high level improvement goal into a logical set of underpinning causes or drivers.
  • Significant Event Audit: guidance for primary care teamsThis guidance published by NHS Education for Scotland aims to support primary care teams in conducting effective significant event audits with the aim of improving care for all patients.
  • Safety netting to improve early cancer diagnosis in primary careThese consensus guidelines identifies and prioritises the different components of safety netting in relation to cancer diagnosis in primary care.
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