Advancing Quality (AQ) Annual Reports Released

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Jun 19 2023 News

We’re delighted to share the 2022 annual reports from our Advancing Quality (AQ) programme, the longest running improvement programme in the NHS. The AQ programme, recently shortlisted for an HSJ Digital Award, works to reduce unwarranted clinical variation in care delivered to patients, helping reduce avoidable hospitalisation, ill health, and premature death. As part of an organisation’s participation in the programme, we use our extensive clinical data set to produce an in-depth annual report of their work from the previous year.

The AQ programme works across 6 clinical focus areas, each with a set of metrics developed by our Clinical Expert Groups and supported by our specialist Clinical Leads, which define what good care looks like. This data forms the basis of the AQ annual reports, producing robust and validated analysis and bespoke recommendations written by our team of expert improvement advisors, which provide practical and actionable insights tailored specifically for each organisation.

AQ Clinical Focus Areas

AQ Programme Manager, Dr Becci Pearce described how pleased she was to be sharing the AQ annual reports:

“We are thrilled to be sharing the 2022 AQ annual reports with AQ’s ever expanding participating organisations. Every organisation worked tirelessly during 2022, routinely under immense pressures, to produce real improvements to the care that patients receive. Making improvements to patient care is a continuous process, and the AQ network certainly has the data, tools and determination to drive up clinical standards. I’d like to take this time to celebrate the successes of AQ’s clinical teams, and the AQ programme team look forward to working alongside you in 2023/24. Well done everybody!”

Dr Ron Daniels BEM – Founder and Joint CEO, UK Sepsis Trust said:

For several years, the Advancing Quality (AQ) programme within Aqua has acted as a leading light in regional collaboration toward the improvement of outcomes for the deteriorating patient, including those with sepsis. The UK Sepsis Trust has been privileged to work alongside AQ/Aqua at several of its events and welcomes the renewed focus on sepsis and severe infection for its members and their healthcare organisations.”

In 2022, we worked on the following Clinical Focus Areas:

  • Acute Kidney Injury
  • Community Acquired Pneumonia
  • Decompensated Liver Disease
  • Hip and Knee Replacement
  • Hospital Acquired Pneumonia
  • Sepsis

Sarah Byrne, Head of Clinical Effectiveness and Compliance, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust outlined the benefits of AQ:

“[The AQ network] is a fantastic network, and the support we’ve been provided with from a data perspective, getting very quick analysis of data is fantastic, as well as that benchmarking, being able to see someone else is performing better than us and being able to go and speak to and learn from them. Ultimately we want to improve our patient outcomes, and sharing best practice and knowledge [within the AQ network] is fantastic.”

This work came in the form of: collaborative events in each Clinical Focus Area, which bring the network together with the aim of building a clinical consensus; sharing best practice between organisations within the network; submitting and fully utilising robust and validated patient-level data; and actively driving improvement across multidisciplinary teams.

Photo of group work during a healthcare event

Acute Kidney Injury Collaborative, 8 March 2023

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If you’d like to discuss how AQ can work with you to improve patient care, please get in touch.

Advancing Quality (AQ) Annual Reports 2022

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