The aim is to enable quality improvement to take place where it will be most helpful and will improve outcomes for patients. Registries collect data about the health status of patients and the health care they receive over varying periods of time.
We work with the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and other ALBs (arm's length bodies) to deliver 15 audits, each with their own information governance arrangements, that link data across complex care pathways. We host the data landing platform for these audits, the Clinical Audit Platform, and co-ordinate the analysis of data with other stakeholders to produce regular publications for each audit. National audits are vital to understand the trends of current disease management across the NHS, and to inform national policy. Good models of care can be identified, and unwarranted variation can be addressed.
Clinical audits and registries are developed and delivered by the Clinical Audits and Registries Management Service (CARMS), working collaboratively with clinical specialists, patient representatives and universities. Audits are commissioned by various organisations including NHS England, the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership, DHSC and Royal Colleges.