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Psoriasis 2013

Interim report

The assessment and management of patients with psoriasis – where are we? (September 2013)
A national clinical audit by the British Association of Dermatologists based on NICE clinical guidelines and audit standards

Email invitation to all UK working members (this audit is now closed)

Dear member,

This is an important national audit, based on the audit standards derived from NICE clinical guidelines for the assessment and management of psoriasis 2012 (CG153), to determine current practice.

Please collect the notes for the last THREE consecutive psoriasis patients who have been in your care for the last 15 months or more. Use these notes to respond to the following questions, the large majority of which have "Yes/No" responses.

The audit should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

The audit standards are described at the top of each page, and the corresponding guidance for the data requirements is described in square brackets following each question.

Please complete your details on the final page to validate your submission, and so we can email you an acknowledgement, as well as a copy of the results which can be used as evidence to support revalidation.

This is a NICE audit and is likely to be mandatory within your hospital or Trust. You may be able to register this with your hospital or Trust to satisfy their requirements, and also enable you to provide benchmarked results for discussion with your clinical and management team.

The audit data collection will close on Friday 3rd May 2013.

Before proceeding to enter the audit data, consider these actions:

  1. Register the audit with your hospital or Trust.
  2. Obtain at least THREE sets of notes.
  3. Set aside some free time to undertake this audit. If you prefer to gather the data in a spreadsheet format initially, to enable smooth online entry later, the spreadsheet version is attached in this email.

This national audit is aimed to audit the work of INDIVIDUAL members. If you choose to do it for a department representing multiple clinicians, or are going to delegate it to another member of the clinical team such as a trainee, please ensure that they gather the data on the spreadsheet first, so that it facilitates online entry. You will then have to enter data in groups of THREE patients according to the format of the online platform, giving the name of the clinician with patient responsibility in each group of three.

[N.B. The "General questions" at the beginning of the audit do not feature in the spreadsheet.]
[N.B. The spreadsheet could also be used to undertake independent local audits, with a proposed population of 10-20 patients within a specified timeframe; hovering over some fields in the spreadsheet will reveal the corresponding guidance for the data requirements.]

It is recognised that for clinicians to fulfil NICE recommendations additional resource/reorganisation is likely to be required across all health service settings and that one of the purposes of this audit will be to highlight gaps in service quality and provision.

DISCLAIMER: This audit opportunity was provided by the BAD through the Health Informatics sub-committee, to enable members to undertake a national NICE audit. We would like to emphasise that the questions are not those designed by the BAD but are transcriptions from the audit standards derived from NICE clinical guidelines for the assessment and management of psoriasis 2012 (CG153).

BAD Clinical Standards Unit
BAD Health Informatics Sub-Committee

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