New on-line registration for the potentially avoidable appointments audit
The Primary Care Foundation were selected by NHS England to further improve and automate the audit of potentially avoidable appointments. We are now building a new website with Method Analytics that will make it much easier for any practice to register online, will simplify data collection for clinicians, and will allow for instant reporting on results. The reports will be much easier to understand and will signpost other support. And it will remain free to use for all practices in England.
We are now ready to go live with a new ‘test’ site. We are confident it is already easier to use but we are keen to get any feedback from practices before the new website is fully up and running.
If you are a practice in England and you want to register, CLICK HERE and click on ‘register here to create a practice audit!’ You will be guided through registration and how to set up your clinicians to take part in the audit. This is a new test site, so if you notice anything that doesn’t look right, or could be made easier, just let us know. And the same for your clinicians as they enter data – any feedback at the moment – good or bad – would be really helpful … just email us
What do we mean by an ‘avoidable appointment?
The latest blog by Rick Stern ‘If only …’ explores the idea of avoidable appointments, what practices have gained from the audit, and what might be possible with further investment in general practice. It is available HERE and will also be published in Health Care Leader.
Are there any simple lessons for practices looking to improve access?
A feature article in Management in Practice by Rick Stern reviews what we have learned from working with over 1,500 practices across the UK – you can read the full article HERE
Integrated Urgent Care – how to make NHS 111 work
A lead article for Health Care Leader by Henry Clay describes a financial and capacity model developed for NHS England, the potential benefits and pitfalls, and what we have learned from working with a dozen areas to apply the model. The article is available at HERE and a fuller version with a number of explanatory graphs can be downloaded HERE
Integrated Urgent Care – opportunity for support to your locality
We have developed a financial model for the Integrated Urgent Care Team at NHS England that focuses on the NHS 111 and OOH ‘front end’ to an integrated urgent care system (but also looks at the cost of onward referrals to other services). This is proving to be an invaluable tool for both commissioners and providers. It is now available to use and NHS England have also agreed to support some sites to setup and work through the model with PCF’s Henry Clay who developed the model. For further information please contact Henry on
We are now supporting over 1,500 practices across the UK to manage access and urgent care
Our support for general practices looking to improve access for patients and streamline the management of urgent care continues to expand. Based on a web based tool, developed out of our work commissioned by the Department of Health, we collect practice data for one week and prepare a report for each practice looking at how you compare to others and explore what this means for making practical changes in the way you work. We are regularly improving the format of our reports for practices based on constant feedback. If you would like to see an example report, CLICK HERE. If you want to know more about how we might work with you please contact Rick Stern on
or call on 07709 746771.