Physiotherapy works: this device proves it

A practical, interactive guide from NHS Improvement can help members to demonstrate physiotherapy's effectiveness. Making Data Count is designed to show physios and others how to make better use of the data they collect.

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The CSP’s Euan McComiskie said that Making Data Count will help members to influence discussions on service improvement

Euan McComiskie, UK health informatics lead at the CSP, said: ‘This is a fantastic resource to improve members’ ability to influence discussions on service provision and improvement.’

Making Data Count is based on statistical process control (SPC). This is a technique developed in the manufacturing sector, but lends itself to healthcare data, according to Samantha Riley, head of improvement analytics at NHS Improvement. 

She and her small team, who created this resource, hope the NHS’s frontline clinicians, board members, operational managers and analysts will use it.

It differs from traditional ‘red, amber, green’ approaches to measuring services by taking and analysing data over time, and can provide a much more accurate picture of service trends – successes and failures included.

‘In the past, the way the NHS has used data has not been very good,’ Ms Riley told Frontline. ‘But using SPC, we can see if something is really improving, if it is static or if there is a true downward trend.’

‘If you are doing improvement work, it can also be used to show that you really have been successful.’

Making Data Count is intended to be practical. It includes videos and interactive guides on how to create and interpret SPC charts.

‘It will provide physiotherapists with the knowledge, resources and confidence to make the best use of physio data and improve patient care,’ Ms Riley added.

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by Gill Hitchcock

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