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GP outcome data is made accessible to all

NHS Choices website now has 40 GP indicators

Adrian O'Dowd

Friday, 06 December 2013

Forty indicators of the quality of care being provided by GP practices is from today being made available on the NHS Choices website.

NHS England said it wanted to make data across all NHS services more accessible for patients.

Accordingly, data about hospital and GP services, CCG outcomes and local authority health information is now available in an easily navigable, interactive format on the NHS Choices website.

Most of the 201 datasets were previously available on the NHS Choices site, apart from 40 indicators about GP practice standards and performance, which are used by the NHS to assess variation among practices.

The 40 GP indicators were previously available through the Health and Social Care Information Centre and GP Patient Survey websites, and available in navigable format only to GPs through a password-protected portal.

The indicators include early diagnosis of cancer, cervical smears, diabetes blood pressure and cholesterol levels, coronary heart disease cholesterol levels, COPD diagnosis, asthma diagnosis, flu vaccination for older people and at-risk groups, smoking status, emergency hospital admissions, depression and severe mental illness, GP patient experience, and insulin prescribing.

Dr Mike Bewick, a GP and deputy medical director at NHS England, said: “Making this data accessible and navigable helps patients understand how well their services are performing in the areas that matter to them most.

“This is a big step forward in transparency which will allow patients to take a full and active part in conversations about investment and improvement of their services, holding their providers and commissioners to account.

“This is part of our concerted efforts to have greater transparency in all NHS work. For the first time, in a coordinated way, patients and carers can access information more readily and feed back their views.

“There is more to come – we are working in partnership with all parts of the NHS and with clinical professional groups to prepare even more data for patients and the public so that they can see in a format that is meaningful to them. We anticipate that, eventually, all of data collected across the NHS will be available to patients in the future. This is the first step in that process.”

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