Benefits of the audit
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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 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.
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 and in due course, the scale of impact of 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 and STP level. The audit:
- Strengthens regional cancer intelligence to help Alliances and STPs allocate resources effectively and support quality improvement for general practice in their area
- 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
- Contribute 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
- Building up a picture across the Alliance and STP 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.
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