This is the first publication of the GP practice-level outcome indicators (experimental statistics) and covers the period from April 2010 to March 2011, drawing on data from a variety of sources to provide users with the ability to compare and contrast at GP practice level. We have made a commitment to publish these data as part of the government's transparency agenda.
There are four main data sources, for this publication these are:
- NHS Comparators
- Hospital Episodes Statistics
- HSCIC Workforce
- Department of Health indicators
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 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 250 GP practice indicators. This second phase, launched on 7 June 2012 includes:
- 20 new practice-level indicators
- A single data file containing all GP practice indicators
- GP Practice iView integration for each GP practice indicator, enabling users to manipulate data and group indicators together.
Comparisons can be made about the delivery of care by general practice in their community. 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.