Benefits of participation

CMP participants benefit from the following:

  • once-only data collection - combining the Critical Care Minimum Data Set (CCMDS) and CMP data in a single dataset;
  • key CCMDS results reported back to units used for Payment by Results;
  • Standardised Mortality Ratios (SMRs) using regularly recalibrated risk prediction models: ICNARC and APACHE II;
  • clear, standardised rules, definitions and extensive validation to allow meaningful comparisons;
  • the provision of accurate, comparative data to facilitate local performance management and quality improvement initiatives;
  • provision of  activity data to inform management issues and to highlight local successes in the delivery of care;
  • the identification of possible areas for research at a local, or wider level;
  • access to analyses of over 1.5 million admissions (CMP Database) to critical care;
  • the opportunity to participate in local, comparative, group reports;
  • the opportunity to participate in a ‘national’ comparative ‘Annual Quality Report’;
  • a dedicated Case Officer to act as your central point of contact;
  • ongoing support to help your unit to maximise participation in the CMP;
  • participation in a recognised national audit in the Department of Health’s annual ‘Quality Accounts'; and
  • networking and discussion opportunities at the Annual Meeting of the CMP.

The CMP reports a range of established potential quality indicators back to units, many of which will form part of national targets for specialised commissioning for adult critical care through the Clinical Reference Group. Amongst others, the following potential quality indicators are indicated/calculated:

  • hospital mortality;
  • unit-acquired Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA);
  • non-clinical transfers (out);
  • unplanned readmissions within 48 hours;
  • out-of-hours discharges to the ward (not delayed); and
  • delayed discharges.