Invitation to Secondary Care Ophthalmology Departments to join NECRTP subspecialty data pilot

The National Eye Care Recovery and Transformation Programme (NECRTP)  is currently running a data building blocks pilot which utilises sub-specialty coding to inform service delivery.   

The Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust (LTHT) has led the way working with the NECRTP  to adopt proposed national subspecialty codes to allow the capture of information on service delivery.  They implemented using agile sprints and worked in collaboration with the PAS supplier, analytical support, service lead, and importantly the clinical MDT team inputting the data.

So why are we doing this?  The international classification of diseases (ICD-10), including subspecialty codes, are assigned after a diagnosis and/or a treatment is complete. Code selection is based on logical rules that require context to the episode. The consistent use of ICD-10 across NHS England can provide the following broad benefits:

1.     Measuring the quality, safety, and efficacy of care

2.     Designing payment systems and processing claims for reimbursement

3.     Conducting research, epidemiological studies, and clinical trials

4.     Setting health policy

5.     Operational and strategic planning and designing healthcare delivery systems

6.     Monitoring resource utilisation

7.     Improving clinical, financial, and administrative performance

8.     Preventing and detecting healthcare fraud and abuse

9.     Tracking public concerns and assessing risks of adverse public health events

We are now seeking other lead trusts to support this pilot with LTHT so that the data capture can provide an effective evidence base to understand the case mix. Further information on the pilot can be obtained through the Eye Care Futures Hub in this link (Data Building Blocks – Eye Care Hub – FutureNHS Collaboration Platform). 

If you would like to get involved please email

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