Clinical Benchmarking Group
Clinical benchmarking is a “systematic process in which current practice and care are compared to, and amended to attain, best practice and care” (DH, 2010).
Units should work with other units within their network, and nationally, to share learning, disseminate best practice, quality improvement and for benchmarking (GPICS 2022)
Whilst individual units perform best practice audits, the ability to compare beyond individual units and highlight performance in relation to others can be useful to drive improvements (NHSE 2022), facilitate sharing of best practice, reduce variation, and improve patient outcome.
There is a long history of benchmarking critical care clinical practice across the North East and Yorkshire Critical Care Networks.
Each critical care unit in the West Yorkshire Network has an identified Service Improvement Lead Nurse (SIL). The role of the SIL is to work collaboratively across the network to undertake clinical benchmarking, identify areas of practice that require improvement, develop strategies to underpin the changes required, facilitate the change in practice and evaluate its success.
Understanding benchmarking RCN guidance for nursing staff working with children and young people (RCN 2017)