How do we collect data?

Data is collected using Informatica's National CKD Audit software which is provided free of charge to audit participants. The software is delivered by a short remote installation process. The National CKD Audit solution automatically integrates with the GP clinical system to collect primary care data. Each GP Practice is identified as an individual entity, giving greater visibility of CKD care at a practice or at  local level.

The audit process runs each night and compiles a full audit for each GP practice. This information can be accessed and used within the practice and it can also be transmitted back to a secure central data warehouse on the NHS N3 network. During the national CKD Audit process, it is planned that practice data will be compiled and transmitted to the secure central data warehouse on two occasions.

How does this improve Data Quality?

In addition to collecting Primary Care Data, Informatica's National CKD Audit solution also helps practices improve the quality of the data in the patient record. At the point of care, the National CKD Audit solution presents the clinician with prompts specifically designed to match the needs of the patient during the consultation. This is done by analysis of the patient record to identify necessary actions, tests or checks that should be performed, and presenting them on screen.

As the clinician responds and enters results, details are translated into appropriate codes which are recorded in the patient record. This supports the improvement of data quality and enables more detailed data analysis.

The National Clinical Audit (NCA) for Chronic Kidney Disease has been approved by the Review of Central Returns - ROCR

The ROCR team are keen to receive feedback on central data collections from the colleagues who complete/submit returns.  In particular, around the length of time data collections take to complete and any issues, suggested improvements or duplication of data collections.  Feedback can be submitted to ROCR using an online form which can also be found towards the bottom of this web page.

For more information on data collection, please download the information sheet below.