The NHS Benchmarking Network needs your help!

The British Geriatric Society are pleased to announce that our partnership project with the NHS Benchmarking Network is now live for data collection. Care of older people in acute settings is an exciting new project for 2014 which looks at pathways for older people through secondary care.image_mini

The project has been developed in conjunction with the BGS, and it will consider the path older people take through secondary care. The project looks at the journey from A&E through to short term assessment units, elderly care wards and supported discharge processes. Links with other sectors including primary care, community services, mental health and social care particularly at the front and back end of hospitals will be of particular interest and are explored in further detail in the project.

The project will provide robust, current data about the care of older people in our acute trusts and it is a great opportunity for you to benchmark your services against other trusts. The project has been open to data collection to network member organisations from the beginning of July, with data collection taking place until the end of August 2014.

An initial report will be issued to participants in December 2014, with an event, free to NHS Benchmarking Network members, in early February 2015.

This project is free to all members of the NHS Benchmarking Network. For further information, please contact Leigh Jenkins, Project Support at the NHS Benchmarking Network on or by telephone on 0161 266 2113.

Non-members of the NHS Benchmarking Network can take part but will need to join the network. For further details please go to

It would be great if you can take some time to take part and help to make a difference. The results will provide a fascinating insight into the care of older people through the acute pathway, and will give valuable evidence for Trusts wishing to redesign pathways and services for the frail, older cohort of patient.

Joanna Gough

BGS Scientific Officer

2 thoughts on “The NHS Benchmarking Network needs your help!

  1. Front and back end of hospitals………. unnecessary jargon please don’t promote this into the lexicon of obfuscation that the new seems at odd with candour

  2. Reblogged this on complexwales and commented:
    An interesting project and I’m looking forward to digging into the taxonomy a bit deeper to see whether they are considering the typical complexity of each person as a predisposition for their eventual route through the system. Age and frailty are not significant attractors; yes, the majority of people are older and many are frail but those characteristics are not accurate determinants for particular outcomes.

    Interestingly when we looked at journeys across acute care for this patient group within NHS Wales (data health warning aside) – across every organisation the chances of a patient being discharged to their usual place of residence changed significantly at about 19 days in hospital. At that tipping point, your chances of going home dropped by up to 50% and the cause was not due to any specific criteria, the effect simply randomised ie the driving characteristic appeared to be luck!

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