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Data in the NCIP portal now rolled out to upper and lower GI surgeons

Consultant surgeons carrying out upper and lower gastrointestinal surgery now have access to their personal procedure data in the National Consultant Information Programme (NCIP) portal, as part of a national rollout to all specialties. All upper and lower gastrointestinal surgeons and those carrying out GI procedures can log in to around 60 dashboards live in the NCIP tool. The dashboards are categorised into six sub-specialties, and cover procedures including hernia repair, colorectal surgery and bariatric surgery.

The NCIP portal is a free data platform showing consultant surgeons their own data, enabling them to review their practice to help improve clinical quality and patient safety and to support their appraisal, revalidation and career development. Consultants are shown data covering their entire NHS practice, wherever it is performed, with high-quality, specialty-specific dashboards at patient level.

A phased rollout of NCIP has been under way since October 2023 to eventually grant access to data across all specialties. More than 2,200 consultants across England are now using the portal regularly.

Clinical leads, consultants and data experts work together to create dashboards that are accurate and meaningful for each featured specialty. Once a specialty’s dashboards are live, the data is updated every three months.

NCIP data is accessible via the Model Health System, allowing users to move seamlessly between the portal and MHS.

As well as individual consultants, the portal can also be accessed by Responsible Officers, Medical Directors and specialty clinical leads via a personal login. Email england.ncip@nhs.net to activate your account.

“The addition of upper and lower GI dashboards to the NCIP portal means consultants can see their own data benchmarked against local and national averages, as well as seeing the data at provider level compared to other providers. This data is invaluable in allowing us to review our personal practice, both for improving clinical quality and patient safety, and in supporting appraisals and career development. We’d urge all upper and lower GI surgeons and those carrying out GI procedures to register as soon as possible, to examine their data regularly, and to use the data for clinical governance meetings.”

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