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People’s health in the North West is generally worse than the England average. In part this is due to the high levels of deprivation seen across the region compared to other areas of England. Advancing Quality measure the standards of care in common conditions and surgeries in the North West.

To find out more about a specific clincal area select one of the options below:

Heart Attack
(Acute Myocardial Infarction)
Heart Bypass
(Coronary Artery Bypass Graft)
Heart FailureHip or Knee Replacement SurgeryPneumoniaDementiaPsychosis
(First Episode Psychosis)
Acute Kidney InjuryAlcohol Related Liver DiseaseChronic Obstructive Pulmonary DiseaseDiabetesHip FractureSepsis

The following clinical areas are not currently reported on:

Choose one of the conditions to find out what Advancing Quality is doing in these areas.

StrokeAsthma - Primary CareAtrial Fibrilation - Primary CareChronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - Primary CareDiabetes - Primary CareHeart Failure - Primary Care


The North West has higher than average smoking rates and alcohol consumption compared to other areas and is the region with the second highest rate of hospital stays related to alcohol and deaths from smoking. In addition to these socio-economic factors the population of the North West is also living longer but with more health complications, the impact of this on the health of patients in the North West led to the following clinical areas being launched in 2008;

Between 2010 and 2012, after looking at conditions that could benefit from having Advancing Quality measurements applied in ensuring the best outcome for the patient, and a greater emphasis on the link between mental health and physical health the following clinical areas were launched;

We are excited to announce that in April 2015 Advancing Quality will be launching its largest set of clinical areas. Through careful work with clinicians in the region, and monitoring hospital activity the following clinical areas will be released;

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