Sharing outcomes

Plaudits for audit – a pilot project is being set up to examine how the independent sector can participate in the National Clinical Audits Programme. David Hare reports.

Having comparable, reliable information about the performance of clinical services is a key tool in supporting quality assurance and quality improvement in healthcare, with national clinical audits playing a vital role in the patient safety agenda. 

Historically, independent healthcare providers have been unable to fully contribute to most clinical audits.

But significant work is being done in this area to break down the barriers and ensure the independent sector can help play a role in driving up standards across the health system.

Independent providers are able to contribute to a small number of audits, such as the National Joint Registry. But a number of key barriers have prevented them from submitting data and information to other programmes within the scope of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP). This is commissioned and managed by Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP).

As part of the Independent Healthcare Providers Network’s (IHPN’s) programme of work to improve safety and transparency in the sector, we have been working closely with HQIP on involving independent providers in the NCAPOP.