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The National COPD Audit is moving to continuous, prospective data collection in February 2017

As of February 2017, the National COPD audit will be moving to continuous collection of clinical data, so aligning with other National Audits such as Stroke. Data will be entered via a new web-tool to enable real-time reporting, a process that has proved a key driver of Quality Improvement in in other National Audits such as stroke and myocardial infarction. A much-reduced COPD dataset will be used and a consultation on the content will be held soon. One or more of the indicators may form the basis of a COPD Best Practice Tariff expected to be introduced in 2017. Participation in the COPD Audit will be a requisite of Trust Quality Accounts and a cross-sectional spot audit of COPD care organisation and resourcing will also be undertaken later in 2017, one Section of which will be devoted to COPD Improvement plans made since the 2014 audit round.

The COPD Audit Programme is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP) and continues to be led by the Royal College of Physicians, in association with the British Thoracic Society, the British Lung Foundation, the Royal College of General Practitioners, and the Primary Care Respiratory Society UK.

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Moving patients to create bed capacity

Published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine Vol 109(5) 172-173
Authors: Jim George and Iain Wilkinson, Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle CA2 7HK

Bed crises are now commonplace in our acute hospitals. Patients regularly wait in crowded emergency departments, breaching the four-hour target because of lack of available acute medical inpatient beds. There has been a year on year increase in emergency medical admissions and hospitals have consistently high bed occupancies. A common short-term solution to the problem is to ‘board out’ patients from medical wards to surgical wards or even temporarily to day units to facilitate patients to be transferred out of the emergency department. However such non-clinical patient moves can be harmful. They predominantly affect older, frailer patients, and increase the risk of falls, delirium, medication errors and extend length of stay. Furthermore, they may disrupt arrangements for a complex discharge at a crucial time.

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Abstracts in clinical quality section submitted for BGS Scientific Meetings

The British Geriatrics Society welcomes papers on research and clinical effectiveness for presentation at its biannual conferences. It encourages the submission of abstracts under the categories of scientific research and clinical effectiveness (quality). Here, Jo Preston describes changes to this latter category in the hope that we can enhance the quality or presentations at our meetings.

Focus on Improving Quality of Care
The name of the section has changed from ‘Clinical Effectiveness’ to ‘Clinical Quality’. This is in recognition that clinical effectiveness is only one domain of clinical quality. Accordingly, the sub-categories for clinical quality abstracts have changed too (see table 1).

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Clinical Quality - What makes a good abstract

A large number of abstracts are submitted to the clinical effectiveness (now Clinical Quality) section of the national BGS meetings. The BGS, in its endeavours to assure the good quality of the work presented at its conferences, has a relatively stringent adjudication process for abstracts submitted for its bi-annual meetings, resulting in a 40 - 50 per cent rejection rate. Owing to the volume of abstracts submitted, it is not possible to provide individual feedback to those authors whose abstracts have been rejected. It is also an unfortunate truth that a good clinical quality project may be rejected simply because the abstract was badly flawed.

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BGS Clinical Effectiveness

Welcome to the clinical quality section of this website.

In this section, we provide links to clinical guidelines produced by both the BGS and outside sources; links to organisations at the forefront of producing clinical guidance and audit e.g. NICE and SIGN.

We also encourage health professionals to submit their clinical effectiveness work, be it surveys, benchmarking or service development for presentation at our BGS Scientific Meetings.


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