HISquest is an e-survey system from Leicestershire Health Informatics Service (LHIS) which allows the collection of real-time patient feedback. This technology has been upgraded by Leicestershire Health Informatics Service to offer its users the optional capturing and real time reporting of the Friends and Family Test to link in with NHS England’s new system to improve standards of care.
From December 2014, the Friends and Family Test will be available at all GP surgeries. It asks ‘would you recommend this service to a friend or family member’ and follows the roll-out of the test for patients staying in hospital. As in other areas of the health service, the overall results will be published online as part of a drive to improve quality and transparency. HISquest allows services to capture all the data required to ensure the care received by NHS patients are service users meets the criteria set out by NHS England.
The Friends and Family Test was created to provide services with the ability to identify the areas that service users feel that need improvement as well as recognising good practice in the quality of care provided to NHS patients and service users.
The test has been put into place to ensure the NHS remain vigilant to ensure that patients are not subjected to poor quality of care in the future which was discovered in the Francis Report.
The response for the Francis Report was published by the Department of Health and that was that the only acceptable answer to the Francis Report is that the NHS changes as a result of the findings. NHS England has been establishing a new system and responsive system with the quality of care at the heart of the system.
An 11-point scorecard has been created against which performance will be measured by direct feedback from patients and their families as well as feedback from NHS Staff. This quick, consistent, standardised patient experience indicator will provide organisations, employees and the public with a simple, easily understandable headline metric, based on near real-time experience.
· It will enable the views of patients and their families to be heard and provides a platform to shape and deliver better services. Patients will be able to use the information to make decisions about their care and to challenge their local trusts to improve services while championing those who excel
· It will mean that employees from ‘boards to wards’ will be informed and empowered to tackle areas of weak performance and celebrate and build on what’s working well, using the results from this test and other sources of intelligence
· Tracking trends in test results will also provide validation of where targeted improvements are most effective and results can be triangulated with other quality indicators and measures to provide more in-depth understanding of issues and areas of improvement
NHS England guidance on the Friends and Family Test aimed at NHS Trusts and other organisations can be found here.
An NHS Choices guide aimed at patients can be found here found here.
For more information on LHIS’s HISquest product or general IT support with regard the Friends and Family Test, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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