Clinical News

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.

National Campaign to Promote Awareness of Bowel Cancer Symptoms - end January - end March 2012

Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:44

The Department of Health has confirmed that it will run a national campaign to promote awareness of bowel cancer symptoms for eight weeks in the early part of next year. This will include TV adverts and information sent to GPs. Two pilots earlier this year showed an increase of 50% in patients presenting to their GP during this period and an increase of between 34-50% for colonoscopy referrals. Mindful of this additional pressure Sir Bruce Keogh has written to all NHS chief executives to ask that they prepare for additional demand, not just for the campaign, but also beyond. The letter predicts a 5-10% annual increase in activity over the next several years.

The full letter can be seen here. Please note Appendix A of the letter which highlights the capacity implications from the pilot sites. The BSG is talking to the DH about how to create a sustainable increase in capacity and provide appropriate planning tools to cope with increased demand effectively. There will be implementation meetings taking place locally this autumn, dates to be confirmed, where the BSG will be represented.

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