Mental health partnership conference uses data to drive care improvements

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Clinicians from three leading NHS mental health trusts have come together to examine benchmarking data and target improvements in patient care and performance across South London.

The South London Mental Health Community Partnership (SLP) Benchmarking Conference on 20 April examined regional and national comparisons across a range of clinical outcomes, performance, cost, and patient experience measures.

NHS Benchmarking Director Stephen Watkins presented a range of performance data for the three Trusts, and others, across various measures. 

He said: “Genuinely understanding how you are performing is central to improvement planning. The Trusts are already high performing, and clearly are committed to continuous improvement, underpinned by a strong evidence base. It’s an innovative approach to get clinicians and managers together from across the partnership to examine their own data and look for opportunities.”

The SLP is a collaboration between Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust London, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust (SWLSTG), between them delivering mental health services to a population of more than three million people. The partnership brings together clinical expertise, experience and innovation, aiming to improve quality, use resources most effectively, and deliver best practice consistently to all patients.

Mark Potter, Medical Director of SWLSTG, said: “Sharing and spreading best practice starts with knowing what works best – and why. NHS Benchmarking’s work enables us to identify trends, variations and the very best performance in areas that make the most difference to how we care for patients. The Conference gave us new insights and the chance for colleagues across the whole of south London to think about improving how we do things.”

Dr Asif Bachlani (SWLSTG), Consultant Psychiatrist and NHS London Co-Chair Mental Health Tariff said: “The SLP Benchmarking conference is the first benchmarking conference to be organised by clinicians, for clinicians, with the explicit aim of engaging front line staff around national data and services. We want to empower clinicians so they can improve the quality of services provided to patients.

Dr Sridevi Kalidindi, Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Medical Director at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust said: “We know that clinically-led services have the best outcomes for service users and the health service. Empowering clinicians and frontline staff to understand the data and how they are benchmarked against other organisations and teams, enables us to takes steps to continuously improve the quality of our services. This supports our service users so they can get the best service possible in the most efficient way.”

Source: http://www.swlstg.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/item/mental-health-partnership-conference-uses-data-to-drive-care-improvements