Rising to the Challenge: Stroke care received between April 2016 to March 2017: The Fourth SSNAP Annual Report – Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme

Audit highlighting the improvements made in stroke care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland over the past four years. Using real world quality improvement  case studies, it outlines the different approaches taken by local teams to improve their stroke services

Saving Lives, Improving Mothers’ Care: Lessons learned to inform maternity care from the UK and Ireland Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity 2013–15 – Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

This report, the fourth MBRRACE-UK annual report of the Confidential Enquiry into Maternal Deaths and Morbidity, includes surveillance data on women who died during or up to one year after pregnancy between 2013 and 2015 in the UK. In addition, it also includes

Screening Quality Assurance visit report NHS Antenatal and Newborn Screening Programmes: Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Executive summary of quality assurance visit to Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust held on 12 and 13 July 2017.  Identifies 11 high priority findings: resources for antenatal sonography should be reviewed to ensure that PHE requirements are met the Trust’s

Quality Assurance visit report: Liverpool and Wirral Bowel Cancer Screening Centre – Public Health England

Executive summary of quality assurance (QA) visit for the bowel cancer screening programme in Liverpool and Wirral screening centre held on 9 June 2016. Identifies 2 high priority issues: current accommodation for the SSP and administration teams is not ideal and

Quality Assurance report Antenatal and Newborn Screening Programmes Observations and recommendations from visit to One to One (NW) Ltd. – Public Health England

Executive summary of quality assurance (QA) visit for the antenatal and newborn screening programmes in One to One (NW) Ltd held from 12 to 14 July 2016. The QA visit team observed that relationships with NHS providers in the locality were fragile. The

Screening Quality Assurance visit report: NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme Bolton – Public Health England

Executive summary of quality assurance (QA) visit in Bolton held on 8 May 2017. Finds 6 high priority findings: backfilled colonoscopy lists need more even distribution to enable all colonoscopists to achieve the minimum standard of 150 procedures per year the

Screening Quality Assurance visit report: NHS Antenatal and Newborn Screening Programmes Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust – Public Health England

Executive summary of quality assurance (QA) visit in Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust held on 20 September 2016.  Identifies 18 high priority issues: Inability to track: antenatal cohort to ensure screening completed samples sent to external laboratories ultrasound scans at Queen

Quality Assurance visit to Warrington, Halton, St Helens and Knowsley Breast Screening Service – Public Health England

Executive summary of quality assurance (QA) visit in Warrington, Halton, St Helens and Knowsley held on 14 July 2016.  Found that: strategic planning is required particularly in relation to staffing, equipment replacement and accommodation. Current radiographic staffing levels are well below NHSBSP recommended

Community services: What do we know about quality? – Quality Watch

Quality Watch briefing that finds that it is difficult to make a meaningful statement about the overall quality of care of community services, because of a lack of routinely available quality data and national indicators of quality.

MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Confidential Enquiry: Term, singleton, intrapartum stillbirth and intrapartum-related neonatal death – Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

Findings of the third perinatal confidential enquiry and focuses on term, singleton, intrapartum stillbirths and intrapartum-related neonatal deaths.  Since the last confidential enquiry into intrapartum stillbirths and intrapartum-related deaths in 1993-1995, overall stillbirth rates have reduced by just over a

The State Of Hospice Services In England: 2014 To 2017: Findings from CQC’s initial programme of comprehensive inspections of hospice services – Care Quality Commission

Finds that hospice care across England has the highest percentage of health and social care services that are rated outstanding (25 per cent), and a further 70 per cent are rated good. The inspections found that hospice leaders and frontline staff displayed

Care Quality Commission: Regulating Health And Social Care – National Audit Office

National Audit Office report that finds Care Quality Commission has improved as an organisation, but now needs to overcome some persistent issues with the timeliness of some of its regulation activities if it is to sustain further improvement.  The Commission has completed

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Reducing agency spend through a collaborative mobile app – NHS Employers

Case study that details Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has maximised the take up of bank shifts through development of an innovative mobile app allowing clinicians to self select shifts.  Learn about how the app, Locum’s Nest, has saved the

Cuts, Closures and Contraception: An audit of local contraceptive services in England – Advisory Group on Contraception

Key findings are: 32%  of local authorities closed contraceptive services in 2016/17, a significant increase from 12 local authorities in 2015/16 (167%). Over a third of local authorities have reduced or plan to reduce the number of sites commissioned to deliver contraceptive services since 2015. Half of councils have cut spending on contraception

National Maternity and Perinatal Audit: Clinical report 2017: Based on births in NHS maternity services between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016 – Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

10 Key findings: Fewer than half of pregnant women (47.3%) have a body mass index within the normal range. . The high level of maternal obesity has implications for maternity and neonatal service provision. Overall, 52.5% of women giving birth are aged 30

Each Baby Counts: 2015 Summary Report – Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists report providing a detailed analysis of all stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries that occurred during childbirth in 2015 and it identifies key clinical actions needed to improve the quality of care and prevent

Using clinical audit in commissioning healthcare services – Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

Guide that describes how clinical audit can be used by commissioners to assure both quality and drive continuous improvement in patient care.

Information Governance in local quality improvement – Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

This guide describes how Information Governance laws and principles apply to the use of personal data in local or regional multi-agency healthcare quality improvement studies such as clinical audit, productivity reviews, intervention testing, and service evaluation.

National Diabetes Inpatient Audit, England and Wales 2016 – Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

Audit that measures the quality of diabetes care provided to people with diabetes while they are admitted to hospital whatever the cause, and aims to support quality improvement. Data is collected and submitted by hospital staff in England and Wales. The

National Audit of Cardiac Rhythm Management Devices April 2015 – March 2016 – Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

Finds that: Although pacemaker and defibrillator implant rates in the UK are gradually increasing, they remain consistently low in Western Europe. There is great variation within the UK in the rates of all types of implants. The UK is one