Quality indicators published18th May 2009
A list of 232 quality indicators has been published by the NHS Information Centre and the Department of Health.
The Indicators for Quality Improvement have been released with the intention of aiding clinical staff to improve the standard of care that they provide to patients.
Lord Darzi's report, High Quality Care for All, recommended that the indicators were gathered and published. The report said that teams with a record of good performance already measured standards of care.
The indicators will identify areas that could be improved and monitor the changes that managers put in place. Managers will be able to select the indicators which are the most appropriate to the work they carry out.
Every indicator measures patient experience, safety and effectiveness of care.
Lord Darzi said: "This initial list is just the start of a NHS wide resource that will challenge and stimulate NHS staff to drive up the quality of care they deliver to patients."
He added: “At this stage, the aim is to enable clinicians to fully understand the indicators, their methodology and source. Within the next few months, we will publish data that will enable local clinical teams to compare themselves with others as the basis for local quality improvement.”
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