Clinical outcome transparency can improve healthcare systems, enabling professionals to learn from mistakes and discover best practices. It can also develop trust with patients and the general public. There are multiple ways in which the NHS promotes transparency and open data, including My NHS, the NHS Outcomes Framework (NHSOF) and the Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF).
My NHS is a website enabling the comparison of healthcare services across a range of measures. A report in 2015 outlined the importance of this as an enabler of transparency. In September 2017, Jeremy Hunt announced a challenge as a part of the journey to a more transparent NHS, with £100,000 to fund apps and digital healthcare-related solutions using the My NHS open data platform. However, since the announcement we haven’t found further details.
In 2018, the government announced new guidelines for transparency in central government departments. They aim to raise standards of transparency across government.
In July 2019, the government published a response to a consultation on the PHOF. However, this was related to life expectancy metrics and didn’t mention clinical outcome transparency.
A document published in July 2019 highlighted guidance to create principles which point towards efforts to make NHS data usage more transparent, with the overarching aim to improve patient outcomes.
There was no mention of this transparency policy objective in the NHS Long Term Plan, published in January 2019.
The government has pushed to increase transparency across departments and has maintained existing NHS transparency practices, but we found no evidence of specific actions associated with transparency of clinical outcomes. We’re marking this as ‘in progress’ but we’ll be tracking for more developments to maintain that status or to move it forwards. Follow this policy to stay up to date.
Get the details
- My NHS – NHS
- My NHS planning 2015-2017 – Gov.uk
- My NHS Journey to a More Transparent NHS – NHS
- Health Secretary challenges NHS to deliver digital services nationwide – Gov.uk
- NHS Outcomes Framework Indicators – August 2019 Release – NHS Digital
- NHS Outcomes Framework (NHS OF) – NHS Digital
- Public Health Outcomes Framework 2019/20: a consultation – Government response – Gov.uk
- Transparency guidelines – Gov.uk
- Creating the right framework to realise the benefits for patients and the NHS where data underpins innovation – Gov.uk