21st September 2016
The Advancing Quality Alliance’s (AQuA) flagship reliability of care programme, Advancing Quality (AQ), has recently published 2015/16 clinical intervention measure results for its NHS member organisations across the North West.
The AQ programme, which was founded in 2008, supports partners to improve the consistency and quality of clinical care across a number of Clinical Focus Areas (CFAs) such as; Acute Kidney Injury, Hip and Knee Replacement, Sepsis and Early Intervention Psychosis.
For each of these areas, a set of core quality measures are identified and agreed by local clinical experts across the region, aligned to national standard guidelines. Working to ensure every eligible patient receives the standard care every time, according to each measure has proven to positively impact outcomes; not only helping to save lives but reduce re-admissions, complications and length of hospital stay.
Nadine Boczkowski, Director for the AQ Programme said:
“We know that 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. The AQ programme provides an approach to measure and evidence base the delivery of consistent quality practices in prevalent conditions across the North West.
“Although there has been decline in results in some areas, impacted by changes to measure definitions and thresholds, it is encouraging to see such positive and increasing results in critical areas such as sepsis, AMI and Diabetes . The ongoing commitment of member organisations and their staff to continuously improve and sustain the quality of clinical care is unfounded. 2015/16 continued to identify and spread the scope and scale of best practice by coming together as a collaborative community, sharing knowledge and learning to drive innovation and improvement.’’
The results, which are featured in full on www.advancingqualitynw.nhs.uk can be viewed by hospital or locality. Hospitals included in the published results are commissioned to participate in the programme as part of their local contracts. Some participating organisation’s data may not be published if they do not meet the data quality / completeness threshold for public reporting.
The Clinical Focus Areas included in the 2015/16 results are:
Mental Health and Care Trusts
Independent sector providers