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Tools and Resources

We have compiled a range of practical tools and resources below to support commissioners and services in implementing the commissioning guides. 

Audit tools and NICE guidance

If you have any audit tools that have been used locally or regionally to look at your surgical practice and you are willing to share them please contact us.

 Commissioning guide  Related NICE guidance  Audit tool  Source of audit tool  Publication date 
 Otitis media with effusion  NICE Clinical Guideline 60  Otitis media with effusion audit tool  NICE  2008
 Faecal Incontinence  NICE Clinical Guideline 49  NICE audit criteria: Faecal incontinence  NICE  2007
 NICE Quality Standard 54  NACC Bowel Continence Audit Proforma  National Audit of Continence Care (NACC)  2011
 Varicose Veins  NICE Clinical Guideline 168  Audit tool : Assessment and treatment at a vascular service  NICE  2013
 NICE Quality Standard QS67  Baseline assessment tool  NICE  2014
 Foreskin conditions  N/A  Circumcision audit tool  South West Paediatric Surgery Network  
 Paediatric surgery  N/A  Audit recipe book: Paediatric services (Section 9)  Royal College of Anaesthetists  2012
 Pain arising from the hip in adults  NICE technology appraisal guidance 304    NICE  2014
 NICE Clinical guideline 177  Baseline assessment tool  NICE  2014
 Online learning module
 Gallstone disease  NICE interventional procedure 346  Single incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy audit support  NICE  2010
 NICE Clinical Guideline 188   Baseline assessment tool  NICE  2014
 Clinical audit tool
 Temporomandibular joint disorders  NICE interventional procedure guidance 500    NICE  2014

Patient Surveys

Commissioning Guide  Survey/ Audit tool  Source of tool  Date of publication
 Faecal Incontinence  Patient Experience Survey  National Audit of Continence Care  2011

  • The Health Foundation has published a report on measuring person-centred care combined with a searchable Excel spreadsheet of 160 measurement tools. View this resource.

Education and training

The Bladder and Bowel Foundation have clinical training courses available for qualified nurses and care workers.

Costing templates

 Commissioning guide  Related NICE guidance  Costing template  Source
 Otitis media with effusion  NICE clinical guideline 60  Surgical management of otitis media costing template  NICE
 Faecal incontinence  NICE Clinical Guideline 49  Costing template for implementing Faecal Incontinence NICE guidance  NICE


Expenditure and outcome benchmarking data

Resource  Summary  Published by
 Spending and outcome (SPOT) tool  Allows local authorities to benchmark spend and outcomes across key health commissioning areas  Public Health England
 National Benchmarker and Assurance Portal  An online tool that compares acute hospital activity, clinical coding and payment by results data. Free to all in NHS.  Audit Commission

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