Practice Profiles Plus: a resource for facilitating health professionals' understanding of cancer metrics
PHE ePoster Library. Young L. 09/12/17; 186456; 199
Lucy Young
Lucy Young
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Abstract Introduction: Understanding the current state of cancer activity in a primary care setting and background demographics of a local population can support the creation of effective action plans at STP, CCG and practice levels. Considering this, we have developed a tool aimed to help commissioners and health professionals reflect on their clinical practice and cancer service delivery, particularly focusing on symptom recognition and early diagnosis. Methods: Cancer Services data on Public Health England's Fingertips online platform was processed at national, regional, CCG, and practice-levels to create an interactive tool. Contextual information was sourced to ensure each indicator was accompanied by a description of key relative factors and provides information on local and/or national resources and initiatives. Results: We developed Practice Profiles Plus (PP+) an interactive tool displaying data from practices within any CCG on 19 key cancer indicators across multiple years, including two-week wait metrics, screening, and diagnostic procedures alongside demographics, contextual interpretation and additional resources. An accompanying guidance document was created to optimise usage, and to further highlight that the tool is not a performance measure. Conclusion: As an all-encompassing tool, health professionals can use PP+ to better understand the variation in processes and outcomes while gaining local insight of cancer in primary care settings. Macmillan and CRUK GP facilitators nationally have been encouraged to use the PP+ as the basis of discussions with GPs on cancer services. Identifying areas of concern can help prioritise strategies aimed to improve cancer service provision and delivery.
Abstract Introduction: Understanding the current state of cancer activity in a primary care setting and background demographics of a local population can support the creation of effective action plans at STP, CCG and practice levels. Considering this, we have developed a tool aimed to help commissioners and health professionals reflect on their clinical practice and cancer service delivery, particularly focusing on symptom recognition and early diagnosis. Methods: Cancer Services data on Public Health England's Fingertips online platform was processed at national, regional, CCG, and practice-levels to create an interactive tool. Contextual information was sourced to ensure each indicator was accompanied by a description of key relative factors and provides information on local and/or national resources and initiatives. Results: We developed Practice Profiles Plus (PP+) an interactive tool displaying data from practices within any CCG on 19 key cancer indicators across multiple years, including two-week wait metrics, screening, and diagnostic procedures alongside demographics, contextual interpretation and additional resources. An accompanying guidance document was created to optimise usage, and to further highlight that the tool is not a performance measure. Conclusion: As an all-encompassing tool, health professionals can use PP+ to better understand the variation in processes and outcomes while gaining local insight of cancer in primary care settings. Macmillan and CRUK GP facilitators nationally have been encouraged to use the PP+ as the basis of discussions with GPs on cancer services. Identifying areas of concern can help prioritise strategies aimed to improve cancer service provision and delivery.
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