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.

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 who participated in 2016 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.
‘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 NCDA 2014 audit pilot (England).
‘Completing the audit really helped shine a light on the whole patient journey and where things could be improved for the better’ – GP from NCDA 2014 audit (Scotland)

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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