This is the third release of the GP Practice-level Outcome Indicators (Experimental statistics), drawing on data from a variety of sources to provide users with the ability to compare and contrast at GP practice level. The HSCIC has made a commitment to publish these data as part of the government's transparency agenda.
There are six main data sources for this third release. These are:
- NHS Comparators - HES-based admissions
- HSCIC Workforce statistics - Patient turnover
- HSCIC - Electronic access to GP records (PHF10)
- Department of Health - Patient experience
- National Cancer Intelligence Network - Cancer Screening
- Association of Public Health Observatories - Standard Mortality Ratios
The aim of the Government's transparency agenda, announced by the Prime Minister in July 2011, is to bring together into the public domain a range of data held by government departments on the performance of public services to the communities they serve. Within the NHS, GP practices are usually the main or first port of call for patients seeking health care advice or treatment.
The first phase of this project was launched in December 2011, and included the release of data for over 260 GP Practice indicators. The second phase was launched on 7th June 2012 and included an additional 20 GP Practice indicators. This phase includes:
- 30 new practice-level indicators
- A single data file containing all GP Practice indicators
- GP Practice iView integration for each indicator, enabling users to manipulate data and group indicators together.
Comparisons can be made about the delivery of care for each general practice . This information can be used by data intermediaries, such as NHS Choices and Public Health Observatories, to allow practice profiles to be further developed to inform patient choice and to support practices themselves to improve the delivery of their care and services for their patients.