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Why choose EZ Doc?

  • Reduce GP administration by up to 80%.
  • Improve efficiency, safety and standardisation of clinical correspondence management.
  • Develop the team by up-skilling and enhancing the roles of non-clinical staff.
  • Incentivise a resilient GP workforce, with significantly reduced admin burden
  • Achieve key high impact actions of NHS England’s GP Forward View.
  • Fully funded through NHS England GP Forward View.
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AT medics Case study and learning

Introduction

In 2015, Edith Cavell Surgery began to design a way of reducing GP admin. The team co-designed a new model of working, trained its staff members and then implemented the new model.
Our journey is summarised below.

Case Study and Learning

Document receipt and processing how it works

AT Medics example

Findings from an audit of a 12,500 patient practice

184 documents were received on the day of audit, out of which the majority (65%) were received by post. On average, administrative staff spent 50 seconds processing each document. Most of the remainder were electronic documents and were processed more quickly. These needed to be assigned to individual patient records and then allocated to the clinicians. Documents that were received electronically took an average of 9 seconds/document to be processed.

Summary findings from analysis of 184 documents

Routes of receipt Number
Patient delivered 6
Post 120
Fax 10
Electronic/Email/EDT 48
Total Admin time/day
155 min (approx. 50 sec/document)
Paper-post processing steps time
1. Collecting post 5 minutes
2. Opening the post 10 minutes
3. Date stamping letters 5 minutes
4. Sorting duplicates 10 minutes
5. Manually sorting clinical vs non clinical records 20 minutes
6. Paper inbox for scanning 5 minutes
7. Scanning (including assigning to patients records) 60 minutes
8. Assigning to clinicians 30 minutes
9. Paper outbox for shredding 10 minutes
10. Storage
On day of audit, our administrative staff spent a total of 155 minutes processing 184 documents.

A similar analysis table will be produced for your CCG/Federation/Organisation once all the individual spreadsheets have been collated.

Document assignment how it works

AT Medics example

Findings from an audit of 184 documents

On further analysis of the 184 documents, we found the following types of documents that were being sent to the GP for review:

  • Notification of DNA’s
  • Diagnostic Procedure letters (colposcopy/smear etc.)
  • Confirmation of appointment letters
  • Change of address letters
  • Letters that need follow up/actions e.g. Blood tests, change in medications, follow up with social care etc.
  • Coroners reports
  • TWR’s
  • Safeguarding concerns

Up to 50 documents/day were being sent to the GP’s to review. These documents took between 20 seconds and 2 min (average of 70 sec) to review and action. No other practice staff were involved in the review of documents.

AT Medics Learning: Key Findings how it works

Increased workload for GP’s.
Audit showed that around 90% of these documents did not need to be sent to the GP for review and could be safely reviewed and actioned by other members of staff.
Documents not dealt with completely
Missed opportunities for formal long term condition follow up e.g: Child admitted to hospital with an exacerbation of asthma, but only the A&E attendance read-coded, not asthma, therefore doctor would have missed recalling the patient for follow up.
Failing to update vital adult or child safeguarding information in the patients’ record.
Inconsistent actioning
No standardised processes allowing letters to be actioned in the same manner: e.g. DNA’s handled differently by different GP’s
Inefficient use of admin skills and time
Average time per document it took administrative staff to manage documents received through post was significantly greater than electronic documents (50 sec vs 9 sec).
Scanning in duplicate copies of letters e.g. same document received twice through post, or patient delivered letter that had already been sent in post.
Administrative staff could be trained to review and triage letters.
Lack of standardised processes for document handling
No continuity to service and patients
Errors as letters may not get processed appropriately or in a timely manner, and some may fall through gaps
Read coding not standardised
Confidentiality breaches
Especially relevant for faxed documents as the paper may be misplaced and patient information may fall into wrong hands. HSCIC no longer recommends faxed documents.

Post implementation how it works

AT Medics Learning: Key changes and benefits

The following changes to the document handling process were made at AT Medics, which may also be relevant to your practice. This list is by no means exhaustive, and you may have identified other new ways of working through the workshop.

STAGE 1. Document receipt

  • Ask hospital departments that are sending postal documents to send electronically instead
  • Discourage fax receipts
  • Check for duplicates if patient brings in a copy of their letter to reception

Key benefits:

  1. Multiple process steps when managing paper documents can be significantly simplified
  2. Reduced risk of an information breach by misplacing a paper document, or inappropriate shredding
  3. Staff able to access information more rapidly

STAGE 2. Document review (see flow diagrams 1 and 2)

  • GP partners and practice staff to work together and decide how to triage letters and who admin staff should assign letters to
  • Admin staff to review and triage all letters

Key benefits:

  1. Trained staff to scan, review and action letters as necessary e.g.
    • A&E/111/OOH attendance letters
    • Notification of DNA’s (excluding paediatrics and TWR)
    • Confirmation of appointment letters
    • Change of address letters
    • Physiotherapy discharge letters
    • Normal diagnostic/screening results: Smear and Breast results to go to nurse
  2. Improved coding of letters

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