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Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) project

This project began in 2014 analysing and reporting data on patients with community acquired pneumonia in three north east Trusts, with the aim of supporting improvements in care for these patients, and demonstrates the successful collaboration between north east Foundation Trusts, NEQOS, the AHSN, NHS England and Clarity Informatics. This project has now been extended to include other severe infections and involves all north east Trusts.

The project arose from the identification within NEQOS quarterly mortality monitoring that community acquired pneumonia was a significant contributor to winter mortality and has developed into a quality improvement programme that uses an online data capture and reporting solution developed by Clarity Informatics. This project has been extended in 2015/16 with AHSN and NHS England funding, and now aims to improve outcomes in Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) and Sepsis.

Data is based on SUS extracts linked to Retrospective Record Reviews (RCRRs) to identify compliance with evidence-based care bundles. We provide detailed monthly process measure reports for the Trusts and benchmarked quarterly outcome reports to improve service delivery for patients in each clinical area. Variation in performance is discussed and sharing of best practice occurs at regular regional collaborative meetings.

The ultimate aim of the sepsis and CAP projects is to produce measurable reductions in mortality and these will be monitored through the NEQOS mortality monitoring programme.

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