Findings

Key findings from the project include:

  • A comprehensive VTE training programme for doctors and nurses was instigated and this led to improvements in staff knowledge and attitudes toward VTE prevention.
  • Incorporating the VTE risk assessment tool into the patient’s drug card led to significant improvements in practice. We were able to demonstrate that up to 97% patients were risk assessed and prescribed appropriate preventative treatment.
  • The Trust exceeded the national Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) target for VTE quality indicators and made considerable progress in implementing the NICE VTE quality standards.
  • A comprehensive costing model has been developed to identify the costs of implementing the NICE quality standards and sustaining the level of care required.

The project was completed in June 2013 and the findings are being written up for publication. For further information please contact Kate Gerrish, TK2A Theme lead email: kate.gerrish@sheffield.ac.uk