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External data

Justine Vernié

External data can be valuable sources of information for identifying best practice and areas for improvement. They include national audits, benchmark and performance reports and Care Quality Commission (CQC) data.

  • 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.
  • Life QIThe Life QI online platform is a project and programme management tool for quality improvement, using quality improvement approaches and techniques.
  • 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.
  • National Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Audit: National reportThis report details the findings of the CKD audit programme which compared GP practice performance against NICE quality standards.
  • RCGP Quick guide: Externally Sourced DataThis RCGP Quick guide provides a comprehensive list of links to data sources that may be useful when undertaking quality improvement work.
  • Healthier Lives: DiabetesThe Healthier Lives: Diabetes website published by Public Health England pulls data about diabetes from a variety of sources. It then benchmarks GP practices within their CCG for performance related to both processes of care and the achievement of treatment targets.1 comment
  • Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) databaseThe Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) database is an online tool that pulls its data from published QOF performance data across the four nations of the UK. It allows you to compare your locality with others, as well as with national performance.
  • 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.
  • National Clinical Audit of STIs and HIV: Feasibility study reportThis one year feasibility study was funded by NHSE, commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership, and ran from March 2015- March 2016
  • Data sources useful for QIA reference sheet detailing using data sources of comparative data.
  • National chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) audit programme: Primary care report for England 2014–15This summary report has been published as part of the National COPD Audit Programme. It details national data relating to primary-care-delivered COPD care in England.
  • Executive summary for national COPD audit programme 2016The report, commissioned by HQIP as part of the National Clinical Audit Programme and carried out by the Royal College of Physicians, uses data provided by 280 practices across Wales, including 48,105 COPD patients, the report highlights areas for quality improvement and sets out a series of key priorities for both general practices and Health Boards.
  • 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.
  • Haxby Group Practice: adding a pharmacist to the teamIn this article published in Guidelines in Practice, Dr Michael Holmes and Sarah Woffinden respond to questions on the addition of a pharmacist to the practice team, and discuss the positive impact it has had on both patients and staff alike.
  • National Diabetes AuditThe National Diabetes Audit (NDA) is a major national clinical audit, which measures the effectiveness of diabetes healthcare against NICE Clinical Guidelines and NICE Quality Standards, in England and Wales.
  • 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.
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