Benefits of the audit

Doctors discussing notes

Get involved

Registration is now open for England.

Register here​

(England only & NHS internet connection and firewall required)

There are a large number of benefits to be derived from taking part in the audit for GPs, as well as for other organisations and networks.

The opportunity for clinical improvement is the main driving factor behind the audit.

There are number of benefits for GPs who take part, including:

  • Improving outcomes for patients
  • Demonstrating quality improvement to support GP appraisal, revalidation and CQC inspection
  • Identifying patients for Significant Event Audits
  • Opportunities for case study discussion and peer learning for complex cases
  • Creating improvement plans from local feedback to improve patient care
  • Highlighting diagnostic challenges and good practice
  • Measuring clinical guideline impact
  • Identifying levers to influence local commissioning decisions, strategic priorities and inform service improvement
  • Transferable learning regarding optimising diagnostic (referral / investigation) pathways and improving diagnostic quality and safety for diseases other than cancer.
‘This is a quality review tool. It will help you review your practice’s processes and improve your care of patients with cancer. At the same time it is a good way to demonstrate quality improvement in an important area for your appraisal and revalidation, as well as bodies like CQC.’ - GP from 2016 audit pilot.

'useful cycle…..should be done at least annually’

‘involving trainees as an educational exercise’

‘time consuming…as a team we feel it has been thoroughly worthwhile and rewarding’

‘the practice has decided on discussing all new cancer diagnosis in clinical meetings’

‘interesting and thought provoking’

- Findings from the National Primary Care Cancer Audit in Merseyside and Cheshire: 2009-2010

Results of a previous national audit[1] showed that there are range of clinical improvement opportunities that can follow from the audit:

More extensive use of audit

  • Wider roll-out of audits and SEAs
  • Additional audits, for example of long term cancer care

Plans to act on the findings

  • Pathway reviews / development to be undertaken
  • Review of community services
  • Local cancer action plans

Dissemination

  • Findings to inform network and baseline assessments
  • Findings to form the basis of reflective learning meetings across the network
  • Network of primary care physicians now receiving e-bulletins with regular feedback

Informing other processes

  • Informing 1 year survival targets
  • Audit tool to be adapted to form part of a submission to the Quality and Outcomes Framework

References:

Evaluation, Research and Development Unit (ERDU), Durham University. Primary Care Cancer Audit: A narrative synthesis of reports from cancer networks participating in the LAEDI initiative 2009-10: 2010

GP practice participation in this national audit has a number of benefits to CCGs. CCGs are therefore asked to support us in the recruitment of GP practices by promoting participation amongst their member practices. It is anticipated that the national audit will:

  • Strengthen CCG cancer intelligence, through understanding the baseline position for cancer diagnosis and in due course, the scale of impact from the introduction of NICE guidelines on urgent referrals for suspected cancer
  • Contribute towards improving health outcomes locally, and addressing variation between GP practices, especially in relation to one-year survival rates and the proportion of cancers diagnosed following an emergency admission
  • Help CCGs in the delivery of their Operational Plan “9 Must Do” priorities and the 2016-17 Quality Premium, and plays a key role in the development and delivery of Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) goals for transformed cancer services by 2020, especially in relation to diagnosis
  • Provide evidence for CCG assurance framework reviews with NHS England 
  • Enable CCGs to understand what good practice exists locally for securing early diagnosis and how to support quality improvement for general practice in relation to cancer as part of the primary care co-commissioning agenda

GP practice participation in this national audit has a number of benefits at local, CCG, STP and SCN level. It is anticipated that the national audit will help:

  • in the development and delivery of transformed cancer services by 2020, especially in relation to diagnosis, and implementing cancer national policy by bringing commissioners and providers together to act upon the audit findings
  • Contribute towards improving health outcomes locally, and addressing variation between GP practices, especially in relation to one-year survival rates and the proportion of cancers diagnosed following an emergency admission
  • Building up a picture across the SCN footprint of local referral patterns, how cancer diagnosis is made and where there is good practice and where there is local variation will allow for the identification of support/action, and opportunities for improved pathways.

GP practice participation in this national audit has a number of benefits to STPs. It is anticipated that the national audit will help STPs:

  • in the development and delivery of transformed cancer services by 2020, especially in relation to diagnosis, and implementing cancer national policy by bringing commissioners and providers together to act upon the audit findings
  • Contribute towards improving health outcomes locally, and addressing variation between GP practices, especially in relation to one-year survival rates and the proportion of cancers diagnosed following an emergency admission
  • Building up a picture across the SCN footprint of local referral patterns, how cancer diagnosis is made and where there is good practice and where there is local variation will allow for the identification of support/action, and opportunities for improved pathways.

Email the team for more information or any queries.

Email us

Last reviewed

GPs from the devolved nations who are interested in getting involved should contact the team

Email us

Rate this page:

No votes yet
Thank you!
We've recently made some changes to the site, tell us what you think

Share this page