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National rollout of NCIP portal to consultant paediatric surgeons is now under way

A national rollout of the National Consultant Information Programme (NCIP) portal is now taking place for consultant paediatric surgeons across England, enabling them to review their practice to help improve clinical quality and patient safety. All consultant paediatric surgeons are invited to register for access to the 84 dashboards now live in the portal, across six sub-specialties. The metrics have been carefully chosen by NCIP’s clinical lead, Professor Simon Kenny, and developed in partnership with paediatric surgical consultants from across the sub-specialty areas, to reflect practice in each specialty. Paediatric surgeons will find data relating to procedures such as appendicectomy, cholecystectomy and Hirschsprung’s disease surgery.

Join us for lunchtime event

NCIP, which sits within the GIRFT programme, is holding a lunchtime learning event on 6th February 2024 (12-1pm), to introduce new and existing users to the portal and to demonstrate its benefits.

The event will outline how the NCIP tool can support clinicians to improve clinical quality and patient safety, as well as supporting with appraisal and re-validation, learning and development, leadership, tracking procedures, research and audit. 

There will also be a live demonstration to highlight how NCIP can best be used in the paediatric surgery specialty.

NB: Attendees will find the session most helpful if they activate their NCIP account in advance – email the team at england.ncip@nhs.net to register.

About NCIP

A new and improved version of the National Consultant Information Programme (NCIP) portal was launched in October 2023, and is now available via the Model Health System, allowing NCIP users to move seamlessly between the portal and MHS.

NCIP is open to hospital consultant surgeons, clinical leads, medical directors and responsible officers, with the aim of providing greater visibility of consultant activity to reduce variation in outcomes, alongside identifying good practice to support clinical improvement and patient safety. More than 1,800 consultants across England are already using it.

As well as enabling surgeons to confidentially scrutinise and compare their performance, NCIP can also support with appraisal and re-validation, learning and development, leadership, tracking procedures, research and audit.

Urology was the first specialty to take part in a national rollout of NCIP, with vascular surgery second. Paediatric (general & urology) surgery is the third specialty to be rolled out, with orthopaedic and spinal surgery to follow.

Working closely with national clinical leads and specialty associations, NCIP is developing clinical content for a total of 16 specialties. Future implementation will involve access for surgeons in cardiac surgery, cardiology, ENT, Gynaecology, lower and upper GI, neurosurgery, OMFS, ophthalmology, plastic surgery and burns care and thoracic surgery.

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