Benefits of the audit

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English GP practices can register for the National Cancer Diagnosis Audit 2019 using the link below.
Register for NCDAScottish practices can register by emailing:

NSS.isdncda@nhs.net

Supporting reflection, learning and quality improvement at GP practice level is the main goal of the audit. As such, there are many benefits to supporting the NCDA, particularly for GPs and GP practices, but also for higher level organisations, including CCGs, Health Boards and Alliances

This was the first time I have completed the National Cancer Audit and I found the whole process incredibly easy and very informative. As a GP partner, it is sometimes difficult to fit in extra work, but the beauty of the website allowed me to dip in and out of it as time allowed. The sections that need completing were straight forward. The information gathered highlighted good practice and areas that require improvements to help change future practice and improve patient care. Furthermore the work can go towards my Continued Professional Development as part of my annual appraisal. It is definitely worth doing and I am planning to do the audit again next year. - GP from Doncaster

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 detailed review and reflection
  • Opportunities for case study discussion and peer learning for complex cases
  • Highlighting good practice and diagnostic challenges
  • Identifying clinical and quality improvement opportunities
  • Helping the practice to understand how it compares to others
  • 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.’ - GP from Farnham.
‘Completing the audit really helped shine a light on the whole patient journey and where things could be improved’ – GP from Aberdeen.
'Our surgery submitted details of its participation in the NCDA, the findings and our improvement plans to the CQC when we were inspected. At the visit, the CQC signalled they were really pleased to see the practice engaging with national level audits as well as CCG and internal ones.’ GP from Surrey.

The Cancer Research UK facilitators, as well as Cancer Research UK and Macmillan GP leads, are available to offer advice and support for participating GPs, including support with reviewing and interpreting results and planning quality improvement activity.

GP practice participation in this national audit has a number of benefits to CCGs and Health Boards. CCGs and Health Boards are therefore asked to support us in the recruitment of GP practices by promoting participation amongst their member practices. The audit:

  • Strengthens local cancer intelligence, through understanding the baseline position for cancer diagnosis
  • Helps monitor the scale of impact of early diagnosis interventions, including changes to clinical guidelines and pathways
  • Contributes towards improving health outcomes locally, and addressing variation between GP practices, especially in relation to one-year survival and the proportion of cancers diagnosed following an emergency admission
  • Enables CCGs and Health Boards 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
  • Helps deliver transformed cancer services by 2020, especially in relation to early diagnosis
  • Helps deliver Cancer Strategy ambitions, such as those outlined in ‘Achieving world-class cancer outcomes’ Cancer Strategy for England (2015) and the ‘Beating Cancer: Ambition & Action’ for Scotland (2016)
GP practice participation in this national audit has a number of benefits at Cancer Alliance, Sustainability and transformation partnership (STP) and Scottish Cancer Network (SCN) levels. The audit:
  • Strengthens regional cancer intelligence to help allocate resources effectively and support quality improvement for general practice in the region
  • Helps in the development and delivery of transformed cancer services by 2020, especially in relation to early diagnosis, and implementing cancer national policy by bringing commissioners and providers together to act upon the audit findings
  • Contributes towards improving health outcomes locally, and addressing variation between GP practices, especially in relation to one-year survival and the proportion of cancers diagnosed following an emergency admission
  • Builds up a picture across regional footprints of local referral patterns, how cancer diagnosis is made and where there is good practice and where there is local variation, which will allow for the identification of support/action, and opportunities for improved pathways.

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