The NDOG Phase III programme of work was funded and the Steering Group was scheduled to meet four times across 2019/2020.
The agreed main aims of the group during Phase III are summarised below: -
Atlas of Variation development -
- Build upon the existing data collected in Phase II and collect for the calendar year of 2018.
- Explore alternative options to streamline data collection for populating the Atlas.
- Engage with referring clinicians to further refine the Atlas of Variation.
- Engage with referring clinicians to promote a cultural shift in managing requesting patterns.
- Expand stakeholder engagement by coordinating quality improvement champions at a local level to support change.
Quality Improvement -
- Monitor and report on QI programmes being delivered.
- Undertake internal demand optimisation within laboratories to review and standardise methodologies.
- Implement interventions where unwarranted variation can be identified.
- Continue engaging with clinical networks at a national, regional and local level to develop and implement requesting guidelines which could be referenced at a board level.
- Promote the capabilities of the Atlas of Variation within the GP community.
- Promote the demand optimisation and the realistic medicine agenda at conferences, in reports to professional bodies and in newsletters.