The ‘Everyone Counts – Improving Outcomes for Patients’ event took place in London recently in preparation of the publication of the consultant-level outcome data at the end of June.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh was joined by guest speakers to prepare the NHS for the publication of the consultant-level outcome data and share the vision for this to be an opportunity for improving outcomes for patients. The aim was to generate engagement and energy within the clinical leadership community about the opportunity to use the data to drive up quality, reassure the public that the overall standard of care is very high and enable patient choice. Please see below for presentations by the key contributors of the day.
The NHS Planning Guidance Everyone Counts: Planning for Patients 2013/14 sets out a new approach to planning NHS services from April 2013 founded on the principles of empowering local clinicians to deliver better outcomes; increasing information for patients to make choices; and greater accountability to the communities the NHS serves.
As one of the five offers set out in the Planning Guidance, a commitment has been made to publish consultant level outcomes in ten specialties by the summer to enable patients and commissioners to better understand the quality of services being delivered within hospitals and other healthcare settings. To enable this, with the oversight of Sir Bruce Keogh, National Medical Director, the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), in conjunction with the relevant specialist societies and NHS Choices, will publish activity, clinical quality measures and survival rates from national clinical audits for every consultant practising in the following specialties:
- Adult cardiac surgery;
- Interventional surgery;
- Vascular surgery;
- Upper gastro-intestinal surgery;
- Colorectal surgery;
- Orthopaedic surgery;
- Bariatric surgery;
- Urological surgery;
- Head and neck surgery; and
- Thyroid and endocrine surgery.
The event was led in partnership with HQIP who manages the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme on behalf of NHS England and NHS Improving Quality.