A new website to enable patients and staff to compare hospitals across a broad range of metrics from accident and emergency waiting times to the quality of meals will be launched tomorrow.
The Department of Health said the new MyNHS website would “highlight the best performing areas and improve standards through competition and transparency”.
The site includes data on patient safety, efficiency, quality, public health, social care commissioning and hospital food standards. All the metrics included are already published but they are often hard to access or find, or presented in a format which is not user friendly.
Hospital metrics used on the site, which will be hosted on the NHS Choices website, will include mortality ratios; infection and cleanliness ratings; agency staff spending; and whether or not fresh fruit is available.
Measures related to public health will include excess weight in adults, smoking prevalence, breastfeeding prevalence at 6-8 weeks, and take up of NHS health checks.
Data on clinical commissioning groups, mental health services, GP practices and clinicians will be added at a later date.
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The website is a joint project between the DH, NHS England, Public Health England, the Care Quality Commission and the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
National director for patients and information at NHS England Tim Kelsey said the site represented “a big step forward towards our transparency vision, bringing together data from across the health and care system for the first time and presenting it in accessible, understandable and meaningful way”.
He added: “Healthcare professionals, commissioners, regulators and members of the public can then use this data to drive improvements in patient safety and quality.”
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “MyNHS is a powerful new tool that will give professionals across the healthcare system the opportunity to learn from each other and improve their services.
“This is the next step of the journey we are taking to create the most open and transparent healthcare system in the world.”
The DH said the data would be “developed and improved over time by gathering feedback from users”.
The site includes a feedback button on every page for users to suggest improvements.
Patients will be able to compare hospitals on quality, efficiency, safely and food metrics.
Quality metrics: CQC rating; A&E performance; mortality ratio; recommended by staff; infection control and cleanliness; number of people waiting more than 52 weeks; friends and family test.
Efficiency metrics: financial performance; length of stay; agency staff spend as a percentage of the average spend; reference cost index; day case rates.
Safety metrics: infection control and cleanliness; CQC national standards; recommended by staff; safe staffing; patients assessed for blood clots; NHS patient safety notices; open and honest reporting.
Food metrics: quality of food; choice of food; choice at breakfast; fresh fruit available; food available between meals; menu approved by dietician; cost of food services per patient per day.
Social care commissioning: user’s quality of life; carers’ related quality of life; permanent admission to care homes: younger adults; permanent admission to care homes: older people; user satisfaction; carer satisfaction; users of care who report feeling safe.
Public health outcomes: mortality rate from diseases considered preventable: excess weight in adults; smoking prevalence in adults; proportion of physical activity in adults; alcohol admissions to hospital; children healthy and ready for school (school readiness); injury due to falls in people aged 65 and over.
Public health services: breastfeeding prevalence at 6-8 weeks; take up of NHS Health check by those eligible; successful completion of drug treatment; detecting and managing cardio vascular disease population vaccination coverage; cancer screening coverage.