Consortia invited to help cut unplanned admissions

GP consortia are being invited to pilot DoH performance management software as part of a scheme to cut unplanned hospital admissions.

The DoH is asking for expressions of interest from GP consortia and PCTs.

The Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) National Urgent Care Clinical Dashboard has been developed by NHS Bolton.

The dashboard displays data on unscheduled care, including A&E visits, emergency admissions and GP out-of-hours attendances. Where possible this data is linked to patient-level data on GP practice registers.

The DoH says the tool helps practices ‘more proactively manage and co-ordinate the healthcare of their patients’.

Data from pilots suggest the tool has helped make ‘significant reductions’ in annual A&E attendances and non-elective admissions, the DoH says.

The DoH is looking to roll the system out to ten areas in England by July. Practices have until 24 January to apply.

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