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NCIP rollout getting under way for 400 consultant spinal surgeons in England

A national rollout of the National Consultant Information Programme (NCIP) portal is taking place to all consultant spinal surgeons in England, enabling them to review their individual outcomes data to improve clinical quality and patient safety.

Around 400 consultant spinal surgeons have been registered for the portal, gaining access to around 30 dashboards of high-quality, specialty-specific data. Procedures include high volume procedures such as posterior lumbar discectomy and decompression, and specialist surgical conditions such as intradural intramedullary tumour excision.

Key features of NCIP include:

  • A ‘Whole Practice’ view, allowing consultants to see their surgical activity and pseudonymised patient records across all their providers in one consolidated view.
  • A ‘Clinical Leads’ view, enabling consultants who are specialty clinical leads to view the NCIP data for all consultant peers in their unit, supporting them in their quality improvement role.
  • Functionality to export data, which can be used to streamline clinical audit and support appraisal meetings as well as providing information for mortality and morbidity meetings.
  • The ability to filter procedures into sub-procedures, for increased granularity of outcome data.

 

Learn more at BASS conference

NCIP is launching the national spinal rollout at the BASS conference in Bournemouth (March 20-22, 2024), where Chair of NCIP Sir Normal Williams and NCIP clinical lead Mike Hutton will give a presentation on the benefits of regular use of NCIP data. Delegates – existing and new users – can visit the NCIP stand at BASS for a demonstration. Email pavitra.paniker@nhs.net for further details.

Delegates will find it helpful to activate their NCIP account in advance of the conference – 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 gradually being opened up to around 10,000 users in England. The data 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 2,000 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.

Working closely with national clinical leads and specialty associations, NCIP is developing clinical content for a total of 16 specialties. Urology, vascular, paediatric and orthopaedic surgery have already been rolled out and 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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