To improve the quality of NHS healthcare through the engagement of clinicians and management in a single, consistent and robust process of national mortality case record review in order to generate local learning for improvement.
While most NHS hospitals in England undertake some form of mortality review, there is considerable variation in terms of methodology, scope, data capture and analysis, and contribution to improvement and learning. By establishing a consistent and robust process of national mortality case record review, NHS England aims to improve the quality of care by helping hospitals (and ultimately other providers) to identify and learn from problems in health care that contribute to avoidable patient death and harm. HQIP will commission a programme of work that will develop a consistent standardised methodology for national mortality case record review and roll that methodology out across the NHS through a structured training programme. This will be associated with the creation of an information capture system that will allow the learning and insight from local national mortality case record review, particularly themes and trends, to be captured and shared nationally.