More than 4,000 patients’ notes will be reviewed by experts as part of a project to study the quality of seven day services in the NHS.
Twenty hospitals are providing 200 patient records covering the first seven days of their inpatient stay to a ground-breaking study funded by the National Institute of Health Research.
The high intensity specialist led acute care study (HISLAC) is appealing for consultants and senior registrars in adult acute medical specialties to review the records for the latest phase of its work.
The project is focused on evaluating seven day services, looking specifically at consultant staffing levels in acute hospitals. The project is endorsed by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the NHS Confederation, and NHS England.
The project, led by Professor Julian Bion, an expert in intensive care medicine at Birmingham University, is seeking to evaluate the quality of care of adult patients admitted to hospital at weekends and on weekdays, using retrospective case record review.
The project website says: “The aim of the case record review is to determine whether or not there were errors in care during the first seven days following emergency admission (most admissions will be much shorter than this).
“If one or more errors are detected, the reviewer will provide a brief description, classify the error, determine whether or not it caused an adverse event, and determine preventability, before providing a global judgment on quality of care received by the patient.”
All reviews will be carried out between January and July next year. Consultants and registrars willing to volunteer for the work will be able to work from home and be paid £10 per completed review up to £600. They will also be eligible for continuing professional development points through their royal college. All reviewers will be named as collaborators in eventual publications.
Clinicians interested in the project should contact Professor Bion at J.F.Bion@bham.ac.uk.