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NHS England announces new commitments for increased openness and transparency

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Mark Platt
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NHS England announces new commitments for increased openness and transparency
Posted on: October 31 2013, 01:01 pm

NHS England is to announce a raft of new measures aimed at increased public participation as part of its on-going pledge to openness and transparency.
 
The new commitments are being made as part of the UK’s national action plan at the  Open Government Partnership’s annual summit in London today (Thursday 31 October).
 
They include:
 
•   Publishing more clinician level data  – Building on the successful publication of surgeon level data from national clinical audits across 10 specialties earlier this year, NHS England will extend the programme to new treatments and conditions (throughout 2014). This will include data from non-surgical physicians.
•   Publishing more overarching clinical indicators  - For ten new clinical areas including cancer, children’s services, mental health and stroke, data will be made available to tell the public how well services are performing and meeting their needs; the first of these will be available by summer 2014 with more available over the following 12 months.
•          Extending the Friends and Family Test  – The successful programme that asks patients whether they would recommend the hospital services they used to friends and family will be extended to cover GP practices, community and mental health services in December 2014 and all other NHS services by 2015.
•          Linking clinical data from GPs  – By June 2014 the data from GP practices will be linked to data from all hospitals. This will allow us to develop and publish new insights into the quality of services and to better understand the way services interact – an issue that we know is important for patients.
 
The new measures will be announced as NHS England throws its full and committed support behind an international demand for openness in public office.
 
The pledge comes as the Prime Minister calls for more transparent government in the world.
 
David Cameron will tell the 60 nations represented at the Open Government Partnership there must be more openness and transparency in public office.
 
Sir Bruce Keogh, NHS England’s National Clinical Director who will be addressing the summit, said: “ Not only do we endorse the Prime Minister’s call for openness and transparency, but we would encourage the rest of the world to follow our lead.”
Tim Kelsey, NHS England’s National Director for Patients and Information, said:  “This is the single most important step forward in transparency for healthcare anywhere in the world.
 
“The English healthcare system is already one of the most transparent in the world – publishing more information than any other country.  But these new measures will transform outcomes, put citizens at the centre of everything we do and will provide the means by which NHS England will be at the cutting edge of medical science.
 
“Greater transparency will empower patients and citizens to hold the health service to account and at the same time support life sciences research so that more life-saving treatments can be found.
 
“I am delighted to announce further ground-breaking commitments to making the NHS first for patients, enterprise and science.
 
“No country in the world has made such commitments to giving patients a voice so that their services can be improved.”   
 
ENDS
 
NHS England’s full list of commitments to openness and transparency, as well as public participation in future health care will be further enhanced through new data releases over the next year:  these will be communicated as part of the OGP action plan to be launched on 31st October.  It also includes:
 
i.   General Practice information  – New information about the quality of care provided by GP practice and associated health outcomes will be made available both as open data and also through public facing channels such as NHS Choices (Winter 2013).
ii.   Social care transparency  – Information about care services for around 10,000 care homes collected by the NHS Choices website will be made available as open data in the summer of 2014.
iii.   Patients in control  – Newly developed Patient Centred Outcome Measurement (PCOM) tools will provide new insights into how well services for people with 20 different rare and complex conditions are meeting the needs of their patients.  These measures will expand the evidence base for the effectiveness of treatments, therapies and interventions and help improve the quality of patient care.  In developing the PCOM tools, NHS England will support on-line communities that will both help to develop the tools, and provide mutually beneficial help, advice and support to one another.
iv.   An ambitious programme of work to support patients to take greater control of their own health and wellbeing  - Our ambition is that by March 2015, supported by their General Practice,  everyone who wishes to will be able to:  order repeat prescriptions and book appointments online; view their own GP record, including test results, online, and have secure electronic communication with their practice.
The Open Government Partnership, which is now made up of 60 nations, was launched in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. In all of these countries, government and civil society are working together to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms.
 
The United Kingdom is currently the lead chair of OGP, and Indonesia is the government support chair - See more at: http://www.opengovpartnership.org/about/steering-committee/role-and-current-membership#sthash.bQKEf4kn.dpuf
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