The Advancing Quality (AQ) programme aims to identify and address unwarranted variation in care across NHS providers in the North West and beyond. There have been considerable improvements in care across the region, however variation remains; AQ data from 2020 shows that the number of patients with sepsis receiving ‘perfect care’ – all the recommended aspects of care delivery within the relevant timescales – ranged from 16% to 72%, and for pneumonia the range was 34% to 95%.
More patients are admitted to hospital as a result of pneumonia in the north of England compared to the south. In the North West in 2019, the rate per 10,000 population was 58.5. To help reduce unwarranted clinical variation and health inequality, capture best practice and share evidence-based insights to AQ members across the North West, the AQ team created ‘Insight Reports’.
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