Research conducted by the NASGP found that, on average, GP partners spend 20 minutes a day, and locums 40 minutes a day, having to ask someone else for essential information about practice processes or how the practice interacts with other service providers. And then factor in the time of the person they're asking who has been interrupted from their duties. And then the risks of delays, increased work and costs, and lapses in patient care if accurate, up to date information is not available.
And that's just a GP survey. What would a similar survey of practice nurses and the administrative team reveal?
So a couple of minutes adding a practice policy, a useful contact or a care pathway could repeatedly save a clinician, a patient and other members of your practice team many multiples of the time it takes to add it.
Spip can help with CQC compliance so completing Spip could be seen as part of your CQC preparation - but with the added benefit that you'll also be creating a live, easy access, interactive, centrally updateable information portal for all your team to refer to in their daily work.
It is not the intention that one individual will complete Spip all at once.
Some frequently-used or safety-critical items you may wish to add immediately. It's likely that this core of around 20% of the items in Spip will be used 80% of the time, so for a relatively small investment of time - 2-4 hours - you could have a very useful Spip that will already be improving safety, saving precious time and reducing frustration for your over-stretched practice team.
Less commonly used items can be added "on the go" over time by your team of Editors. Some items you may decide never to complete if you feel they are not relevant to your setting.
- Others can help you crowdsource information.
- See our suggestions on how to prioritise adding information to Spip.
- This will allow a GP network, such as a CCG, to independently populate a Network-Cudos and make it available to local practices.
- After accessing a Network-Cudos item e.g. a care pathway, practices can add their own specific information about how that information is implemented in their practice.