Royal College of Ophthalmologists: #makemydatacount – Secure national audit funding to protect patient safety and professional standards

15 February 2019
Source: The Royal College of Ophthalmologists

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is calling on all those involved in funding and runningRoyal College of Ophthalmologists Logo national clinical audits to support the #makemydatacount campaign. National clinical audits are important to measure how care is being delivered and how medical professionals are delivering that care to the highest standards possible. National audits are developed and continually improved to measure performance and outcomes, identify risk and interventions and reduce variation in care at a national level.

In January 2019 the NHS published its Long-term Plan (LTP), outlining ambitions to meet the increasing patient demand by putting prevention, patient care and quality of services at the centre of its aims. However, the LTP lacks significant details on how performance and standards will be maintained or measured.

The national ophthalmology audit database (NOD), managed by The Royal College of Ophthalmologists, is a clear example of a large scale audit that has improved the quality and safety of cataract surgery, reducing unwarranted variation and making savings for the NHS by reducing risks and supporting continued professional learning.

Yet NOD is under threat as funding by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) comes to an end in August 2019. NHS England’s current model of funding national audits is short-sighted. Funding is generally withdrawn after a contracted three years or more and if organisations are unable to secure further funding, all that data and learning is potentially lost.

Support the call and learn more on the RCOphth Website

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