Consultant treatment outcomes
The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and NHS England are committed to making more information available about how services and professionals are performing. The aim is to drive up the quality of care and to enable patients to choose the treatment that suits them best.
Information about individual consultants can be found on the NHS Choices website. You can look at their outcomes for a range of operations and treatments to help you make decisions about your care.
Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, the medical director of NHS England, said: "This is a major breakthrough in NHS transparency. We know from our experience with heart surgery that putting this information into the public domain can help drive up standards. That means more patients surviving operations and there is no greater prize than that."
At the Royal Free, we have been working with our clinical specialties to develop a set of measurements, or metrics, to assess our clinical performance. There are three reasons for doing this:
- To act as an incentive to improve quality.
- To enable patients and others see how we are doing.
- To enable the trust board, through its clinical performance committee, to monitor performance.
During the next six months we will be publishing metrics for all our specialties. At present there are three for each specialty, but in time we will add more. We will also replace metrics if we identify ones which would we believe are more appropriate. If the metric you are interested is not yet available, you will be able to see when we plan to publish it.