Data and audit – workstream update

These two workstreams have been merged due to the significant overlap between them. Led by Professor Jeremy Hobart and Dr David Rog, they underpin much of our ability to make lasting change in the most effective way possible.

So far:

  1. 100% of the professionals at the audit workstream session in July agreed to participate in a rolling audit, and agreed to a simple strategy (fig 1)
  2. 33 trusts have sourced and provided their Blueteq data. Our handy crib sheet can help you do this too.
  3. 19 services have completed the audit questionnaire – and based on initial feedback the questionnaire has been revamped to make the data it gathers more meaningful and help us all to use it more effectively.
  4. A report is set to publish in the new year with initial findings. This will shape our next steps.
  5. Trusts are starting to link their Blueteq data with their local data to make it more usable (fig 2)
  6. Dashboard discussions are in the pipeline… watch this space!

Revamped questionnaire

The MS service audit questionnaire began in a basic form, but following feedback from you and a review by the workstream, has been revamped to make sure that it gathers truly usable data. Whilst it’s lengthier version will take you a little more time - sorry! - it will also harness a far better picture of current practice, and give us a much clearer understanding of how to move forward to tackle variation.

We know that this means asking for more time and effort in completing the questionnaire, but more effort initially will mean we can effect more meaningfully lasting change.

At the first Variance event (2018), Professor Ben Bridgewater shared his learning from cardiac surgery, and said:

‘We weren’t quite clear about what we wanted to achieve, so it’s hard to know if we achieved it’.

This audit will help us see the problems, and understand what we want to achieve. It might be that more than one member of a team needs to contribute to the questionnaire, or that a short meeting with community and acute-based colleagues makes the process much quicker and easier. Think about what would work best for you.

Let's be clear about what we want to achieve – and then, let's achieve it.

Please click the button below and commit to tackling variance in MS!


(The audit report will be published and all participants will be cited as authors.)

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MS Academy was established five years ago and in that time has accomplished a huge amount. The six different levels of specialist MS training are dedicated to case-based learning and practical application of cutting edge research. Home to national programme Raising the Bar and the fantastic workstream content it is producing, this is an exciting Academy to belong to.