Clinical News

HQIP: feeding back on national clinical audits

Wednesday, 19 October 2011 08:38

Last week, during HQIP's national conference, Bruce Keogh reaffirmed the importance of audit to the Department of Health's priorities. Robin Burgess (Chief Executive of HQIP) blogged about the importance of collecting the right data, sharing it appropriately, and using it wisely to inform decision-making in patient care. Read the blog for more details: HQIP CEO's blog 13 Oct 2011.

Guidance on quality assessment in national clinical audit

Monday, 17 October 2011 10:44

HQIP have described the key features of audit quality from the many stakeholders’ perspectives. Not only those who run national audits, but also those thinking about participating, should review this document.

Biologics Audit element of the UK IBD Audit now live

Wednesday, 12 October 2011 09:04

The document below provides details on the Biologics Audit system for the UK IBD Audit which is now live at The system will allow IBD teams to capture excellent real time site specific data on the IBD patients that they are treating with biologics. The system will provide a means of providing data that many of us are being asked for on a daily basis by managers and commissioners and we hope that it will be of real use to IBD Services across the UK.

Best wishes,

Dr Ian Arnott, Consultant Gastroenterologist and UK IBD Audit Clinical Director

NICE 'Alcohol Dependence and Harmful Alcohol Use' Quality Standard

Monday, 05 September 2011 10:19

Scope of the Quality Standard

This quality standard covers the care of children (aged 10-15 years), young people (aged 16-17 years) and adults (aged 18 years and over) drinking in a harmful way and those with alcohol dependence in all NHS-funded settings. It also includes opportunistic screening and brief interventions for hazardous and harmful drinkers.

Alcohol dependence and harmful alcohol use quality statements

The quality standard refers to harmful drinking and alcohol dependence collectively as 'alcohol misuse'. It requires that services should be commissioned from and coordinated across all relevant agencies encompassing the whole care pathway. An integrated, multidisciplinary approach to provision of services is fundamental to the delivery of high-quality care to people who misuse alcohol. A specialist alcohol service is one in which the primary role is the assessment and management of alcohol misuse, including both psychological and physical effects. Some specialist addiction services will have this role for both drug and alcohol misuse.

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