During March and April we will be collecting another round of data from patients who have already participated in the initial data collection. Patients will be asked to complete a 12 month follow-up PROMs questionnaire and we’ll be analysing the data in June of this year. In addition to the BPI short form and EuroQol EQ-5D we have developed additional questions which seek to better gauge patient satisfaction and the overall experience at specialist NHS pain services. For reference you can download a copy of the 12 month follow up questionnaire. We hope that this additional dataset will provide us with a more detailed picture of the patient journey.
The National Pain Audit final report was launched at an event at the Science Museum on the 17th of December 2012. You can download a pdf copy of the report here.
The National Pain Audit team attended the Pain Summit 2011 to present the findings from phase 1 of the audit. You can download a pdf copy of the report here.
Following a pilot with 11 clinics across all regions the national pain audit is ready to roll out in the first week of March.
Patient recruitment takes place during a three months period this is only for NEW patients. The follow up questionnaire for the patients is 6 months after their first consultation.
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This month we will kick off the pilot project with 12 pilot sites across England and Wales. The three month pilot will be a shared learning experience and monthly feedback sessions will be facilitated so pilot clinics can exchange information and support each other with advice based on experience using the online data collection tool built for clinicians so case mix can be collected and the operational process for recruiting patients, sending off the filled in questionnaires to be scanned, assessment of resources and time to engage with the audit. Based on the experiences of the pilot we will adapt where possible the process and envisage the national roll out to start beginning of 2011.
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We are delighted to announce that the first phase of the audit concentrating on the provision and distribution of NHS pain services in England and Wales was launched today. All NHS Trusts and PCT's will be asked to add their specialist pain services to the national data-base and to provide basic details about the staffing, facilities and waiting times for each individual facility.
If you would like to more information about this stage of the project or if you are a clinician and would like to contribute to your Trusts audit return please contact the audit team at Dr Foster Research on mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Pain Audit official launch took place today at the head quarters of Dr Foster Research in London. Dr Benjamin Ellis, Clinical Advisor to the Chief Medical Officer, spoke about “Why the National Audit is important for England and Wales”. We would sincerely like to thank all those who attended and contributed to the discussions on how we should take the audit forward over the next three years and how we can ensure that we meet the fundamental aims of the project. In addition we would also like to thank those clinicians who volunteered to be part of the initial pilot phase and trial various different methods of data collection.
The National Pain audit has received the backing of the chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson in the recent CEO bulletin which goes out on a monthly basis to all Chief Executives of NHS Trusts and PCT's. Sir Liam said "accurate data on current services and provision was necessary and he was encouraging NHS staff to find time to assist with this work. This audit will measure clinical activity, comparing what is being done, by whom, to whom and when, against nationally agreed standards for Pain Management Services in the NHS in England".
You can download a copy of this document from the Department of Health website here.