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Using technology to reduce the burden of reporting

Explore the use of Reproducible Analytical Pipelines to enhance reporting for improvement. Increased efficiency and integrated Quality Assurance allows us to focus on more proactive improvement facilitated by accessible data.

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  • Idea
  • 2022

Meet the team

What is the challenge your project is going to address and how does it connect to the theme?

A recent report mapping exercise carried out by the Clinical Governance Support Unit found that over 40 reports were produced across the Unit, most on a quarterly basis.  Although processes and standard operating procedures are in place to increase efficiency and replicability of our regular reports, there is still a manual element that represents a significant proportion of the workload.  Other public sector organisations have explored and adopted digital solutions, for example XX organisation which found that….any stats/ data re increases in efficiency etc? 

Introducing Reproducible Analytical Pipelines to NHSGGC is a relatively novel idea, which if implemented at a strategic level would increase automation of data production, ensure replicability to make data over time robust, integrate quality assurance processes and ultimately increase capacity to use reporting for real improvement.  Real time data?? ?Not necessarily

What does your project aim to achieve?

The novel nature of this idea for NHSGGC means that the objectives for this project will be centred around testing applicability and ensuring an infrastructure that has a robust foundation for such a transformational change.  Specifically, the project will aim to deliver:

– A feasibility study of the options for RAPs, version control software, and secure platform for data/ dashboard deployment

– Access to the recommended software to allow a robust test of applicability to NHSGGC data reporting production.

How will the project be delivered?

The project will be overseen by the Clinical Informatics Steering Group which is a collaborative group of clinical leaders, e-health experts and clinical governance representatives.  This will ensure that the project is driven from a strategic level, increasing the opportunity for this to be implemented on a wider scale.

At an operational level, the project will be led by the Clinical Governance Support Unit Data Team, all of whom have significant experience in analysing data, producing reports, and creating data visualisations.

Project planning info – needs work.  

How is your project going to share learning?

Evaluation and communications strategy….

How you can contribute

  • Expertise based on implementation of a similar system in their own organisation
  • Signposting to resources that are available that we may not have considered as options


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    Elizabeth Bradbury 3 months, 1 week ago

    Sounds like a useful project, good to see alignment with the Clinical Informatics Stg Gp.

    Challenge - are you talking about the governance unit? Wonder if you could make this come alive with extrapolation to a clinical setting, if you can streamline governance reports what could you do in other areas of the Trust? In England a frequent complaint by operational teams is time spent producing multiple similar reports which seem to result in little action. What measures could you use e.g. staff time saved, increased productivity with same resource, highligting variation more quickly?

    General - this currently sounds a bit like a just-do-it project, could you strengthen the improvement science and show how you'd use this first phase to drive contonuous improvement?

    Good luck!

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