The Medical and surgical outcome review programme began in 1988 as a National Confidential Enquiry into Perioperative Deaths with an aim to examine the quality of care delivery to surgical and anaesthetic patients who had died in hospital within 30 days of a surgical procedure. In 2002, the remit of the programme was extended to review the care received by medical patients as well as surgical patients. In addition, near-miss morbidity cases were included as well as cases of mortality. In 2011 responsibility for the commissioning and management of the programme transferred to HQIP.
The programme aims to contribute to improvements in the quality of patient care by undertaking confidential enquiries and by publishing and making available the results of such activities. Study topics are selected through an open submission process and anyone is invited to submit proposals for consideration as possible forthcoming studies. The areas currently being studied are:
- Non-invasive ventilation (July 2017)
- Heart Failure (June 2018)
- Childhood cancer (September 2018)
Additional information on all HQIP-commissioned projects including inclusion and exclusion criteria, data collection periods, and reporting dates, is available on the National Clinical Audit and Enquiries Directory. For further information about this project, please contact the project team directly using the contact details listed in the ‘Supplier Info’ section above.
Data collected on behalf of HQIP by all NCAPOP projects is routinely reported and these reports are available in the ‘Latest resources’ section.
Details of the contracts that HQIP awards are available at: www.gov.uk/contracts-finder.