Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group extends Datix patient safety software to support NHS 111
OCCG uses Datix widely to manage corporate risk registers, complaints, patient enquiries, incidents and freedom of information requests. The organisation also employs the incidents module to manage feedback from GP practices about commissioned services.
From the beginning, the configurability and flexibility of the Datix system has enabled Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and its partners, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust (OHFT) and South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS), to report on and manage incidents relating to the new NHS 111 service in an effective way, promoting a quick response for reporters and supporting short, medium and long-term plans for improvements to the service. The evidence held in the Datix system is being used to make meaningful changes that have tangibly improved patient safety across the county.
Liz Wragg, Quality Improvement Manager, Directorate of Quality and Innovation at OCCG commented, “With a proven track record in supporting our region’s complex healthcare economy, it made perfect sense to build on the original Datix implementation. We knew we could rely on the functionality of Datix software. It can be customised to record, capture and analyse specific data at a very detailed level. What is more, its simplicity makes it very attractive to users and it is this popularity among stakeholders in the 111 service that renders it invaluable in our constant efforts to improve the quality and safety of the patient’s 111 experience.”
The visibility and transparency provided by Datix facilitates the sharing of important clinical governance information. The web-based solution enables team members to categorise and consolidate huge amounts of information efficiently, monitor and prioritise incidents swiftly and then assign them to the right person at the right time to investigate. Users can view the progress of investigations and add updates to ensure speedier resolution, and emails sent from within the record are visible to all users.
Critically, even the most sensitive patient data is protected at all times in the highly secure environment provided by Datix, a major advantage that meets strict NHS criteria for information governance. Files such as highly-confidential voice recordings and triage/consultation records are safely stored on the record. With such a comprehensive picture built up around each incident the module has grown into a powerful knowledge base, promoting learning and development of the whole service.
Jonathan Hazan, Chief Executive of Datix, concluded, “Our flexible, highly scalable software enables commissioning groups like OCCG to launch new services effectively during periods of immense organisational change. The secure Datix environment provides the perfect tool for collaboration between different organisations working to the same end. Having a central repository for incident and risk information means that quick wins can be achieved to help address the challenges of the new health economy with confidence and prevent harm to patients.”
About Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group
The Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) was established in April 2013 following a Government White Paper which set out its long-term vision for the NHS, bringing decision-making as close as possible to the patient. The group buys health services on behalf of everyone living in Oxfordshire and serves a population of around 650,000.
To do this successfully, OCCG works closely with local people, 83 GP practices, hospital clinicians and other healthcare partners from both the government and voluntary sector.
For more information, please visit: www.oxfordshireccg.nhs.uk
Datix has been a pioneer in the field of patient safety since 1986 and is today the leading supplier of software for patient safety, risk management, incident and adverse event reporting. Datix aims to help healthcare organisations build a culture and practice that drives excellence in patient safety. It recruits and retains people committed to the healthcare sector and continually invests in its software and services to ensure that it integrates best practice and learning.
Datix is focused on the health and social care sector. Its customers include public and private hospitals, primary care providers, GP surgeries, mental health and ambulance service providers. Its clients also include organisations delivering care home and domiciliary care services. Within the UK this includes more than 70% of the National Health Service. Internationally the Datix client base is growing rapidly and includes large scale deployments in Canada and the USA as well as clients in Europe, the Middle East and Australia.
Datix is headquartered in London, United Kingdom. To learn more call +44 (0)20 8971 1971 or visit www.datix.co.uk
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