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National Diabetes Audit: CCGs urged to help increase GP participation

29 June 2016

Laura Fargher, National Diabetes Audit Engagement Manager is calling on CCGs to help increase GP participation in the NDA. She says,

"Following the significant drop in participation in the National Diabetes Audit (NDA) last year, the NDA team investigated the barriers to participation. We found that CCG commitment is the single most important factor in determining NDA participation by GP practices. Most important was the extent of CCG guidance, professional leadership and practical technical support.

In the light of these findings, we urge your CCG to encourage and support GP practice participation in the next round of data submission. The NDA 2015-16 opened onand the final deadline for submission is.

You can help by contacting your GP practices to make sure they are aware of the deadlines and how to submit their data based on the clinical system they use. ‘How to’ guides for each clinical system are available fromwww.hscic.gov.uk/nda.

Your CCG will receive updates on participation every two weeks during data submission. This will help you target practices who have yet to submit. If you want to make sure you’re kept informed, email your details to the NDA team atdiabetes@hscic.gov.uk.

Further support is also available to CCGs via a teleconference update during week commencing 18 July. You can register to attendhere.

The NDA is the only measurement system that provides benchmarked, case mix adjusted information about the quality of diabetes service provision at individual practice, individual specialist service, CCG and national levels. It supports both service provider improvement and cost effective commissioning.

Active NDA participation is essential to maintain and improve the quality of care provided and commissioned for people with diabetes. In addition, from June 2016, NDA metrics will be used for the new CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework, with diabetes being one of the six priority clinical areas. CCGs with less than 25 per cent GP practice participation will be categorised as ‘inadequate’ because their data quality will be insufficient to make a reliable assessment.

We have had a really positive and supportive response from many CCGs already this year. With your support, high NDA participation can be achieved comprehensively. High participation will ensure that the NHS has the best possible information on which to base improvement in diabetes, which is important given that diabetes is responsible for up to 10 per cent of NHS spend."

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