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BRAFV600E mutation testing for thyroid cancer: avoiding unnecessary surgery

Patients may have surgery to remove all or part of their thyroid gland if cytological examination results suggest they have thyroid cancer....

QP Case Study Published December 2015

Electronic blood transfusion: Improving safety and efficiency of transfusion systems

Transfusion errors are an important, avoidable, serious hazard. Wrong transfusion is one of the two leading causes of death from transfusion reported

QP Case Study Published February 2016

Alcohol Care Teams: to reduce acute hospital admissions and improve quality of care

The second review of this case study has been undertaken. Additional information about implementation of the initiative has been added for the lead...

QP Case Study Published March 2016

Management of urinary incontinence in women

Urinary incontinence is a common symptom that can affect women of all ages, with a wide range of severity and nature. Offering patients adequate and

QP Case Study Published February 2016

Mechanical thrombectomy for large vessel occlusion stroke: improving clinical outcomes and reducing cost

Outcomes for patients presenting with severe stroke because of large vessel occlusion have not improved much over recent years. Mechanical...

QP Case Study Published March 2016

Cardiovascular disease: integrated care pilot to improve patient outcomes closer to home

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) funded and evaluated a 2- year project at 9 NHS organisations across the UK. This case study is based on the East...

QP Case Study Published May 2016

Improving the quality of care for men with lower urinary tract symptoms: shared decision making

The purpose of the initiative was to improve the quality of care for men with lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS). Clinical peer review was focused

QP Case Study Published July 2016

Wireless working in hospitals: Improving efficiency and safety of out-of hours

Coordination and communication between hospital wards and team members has been a major issue locally and nationally. Standard pager and landline

QP Case Study Published March 2016

Improving diagnosis and quality of care for people with IBS across Somerset

In 2011, a multidisciplinary group including representatives from primary and secondary care assessed the implementation of NICE's IBS guidance (...

QP Case Study Published July 2016

Crisis response falls team: reducing admissions and repeat falls

Falls-related calls make up about 20% of all calls received by the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS); approximately 90,000 calls per year....

QP Case Study Published September 2016

Ensuring appropriate use of monitored dosage systems: reducing unnecessary pharmacy workload

This initiative aims to reduce the inappropriate use of monitored dosage systems by ensuring they are only issued on a case-by-case basis to address

QP Case Study Published July 2016

Home administration of intravenous diuretics to heart failure patients: Increasing productivity and improving quality of care

Originally a 2-year pilot programme to assess safe and effective ways for specialist nursing teams to administer intravenous (IV) diuretics to people

QP Case Study Published July 2016

Podiatry education to empower patients to self-care

Many surveys have reported a high number of people suffering from foot problems. According to Farndon et al (2006) the type of foot conditions...

QP Case Study Published July 2015

Template reports for radiology cancer staging: improving information to guide treatment decisions

This initiative uses templates to record tumour staging information from magnetic resonance (MR) investigations. The information provided

QP Case Study Published July 2015

Multi-disciplinary pathway development for individual with dementia and a learning disability

A multi-disciplinary working group was set up to look at how the NICE guidance for dementia should be applied to adults with a learning disability.

Shared learning Published October 2008

Commissioning for Quality in Rheumatoid Arthritis (CQRA)

Shared learning Published January 2012

Physiotherapy Low Back Pain Drop-in Services

Shared learning Published February 2011

Supporting NICE hypertension guidance

Shared learning Published January 2012

Surgical Site Infection in Orthopaedic Services

Shared learning Published January 2014

Assessment of risk of VTE in a Community Setting

Shared learning Published January 2011