In his transparency and open data letter to Cabinet Ministers on 7 July 2011, the Prime Minister made a commitment to make clinical audit data available from the national audits within the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme.
The National Diabetes Foot Care Audit (NDFA) is a continuous audit of diabetic foot disease in England and Wales. The audit enables all diabetes foot care services to measure their performance against NICE clinical guidelines and peer units, and to monitor adverse outcomes for people with diabetes who develop diabetic foot disease.
What information is being made available?
· Trust, service, and clinical commissioning group (CCG) audit participation and data completeness for the key fields.
· Measures about the process of care given to patients.
· Information about care outcomes and treatment.
These data do not list individual patient information nor do they contain any patient identifiable data.
Using and interpreting the data
Data from the National Diabetes Foot Care Audit should not be looked at in isolation when assessing standards of care.
Accessing the data
The data are being made available on the data.gov website. Each year a data file from the National Diabetes Foot Care Audit will be made available in CSV format. Trusts, CCGs and Networks are identified by name and their national code. Foot care services are identified by name and locally derived code.
What does the data cover?
The audit looks at the following areas:
· Structures: are the nationally recommended care structures in place for the management of diabetic foot disease?
· Processes: does the treatment of active diabetic foot disease comply with nationally recommended guidance?
· Outcomes: are the outcomes of diabetic foot disease optimised?
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