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  • Detect VTE: Quality Improvement audit and learning project

    • UK
    • Data, research and analysis
    • Pre-existing
    • Original author
    • No
    • Thrombosis UK
    • 05/11/23
    • Everyone


    Thrombosis UK is inviting primary care practices and primary care networks (PCNs), to take part in a Quality Improvement learning through audit programme.

    Focusing on the pathway to venous thromboembolism (VTE) diagnosis, ‘Detect VTE’ QI project is open to applications from UK primary care providers.

    Registration of interest to be part of this project must be received by 31st December 2023 with meetings leading to initiation of the QI learning audit in January 2024.

    We met with the CEO of Thrombosis UK, Jo Jerrome, to find out more...





    • To identify common patterns in pathways leading up to diagnosis of a VTE by patients and clinicians.
    • Identify those which support early suspicion and diagnosis of VTE as well as those which may challenge or impede diagnosis.
    • Identify solutions that will add value to clinical decision making and have a positive impact for patients experiencing a VTE.

    Benefits to the practices involved

    • Participation in this opportunity if being offered FREE of charge. Each participating practise will receive a full report sharing data and learning gained during the QI programme undertaken in their practice which can be submitted as part of their GP and CQC revalidation work.
    • The QI learning through audit is fully funded by Thrombosis UK.
    • The work will be supported by a clinical solutions team and with over two decades of experience working with the NHS.
    • No costs and minimum work burden for the practice staff.
    • As an outcome of this programme, if a clinical solutions tool to aid early identification of VTE is developed, participating practices will be invited to trial this, free of charge. The end goal being to make this available free of charge to NHS providers.

    Benefit to patients

    Venous thromboembolic events have a life-long impact. Related complications are frequent and include pulmonary hyper-tension, post thrombotic syndrome and increased risk thrombotic risk.

    It is expected that learning as a result of this work will lead to:

    • Improved prevention of catastrophic, sudden, premature, death which is almost wholly preventable.
    • Improvement in patient outcomes and experience.


    • Open to NHS primary care settings and PCNs.
    • No minimum practice population size is required.
    • Practices from a diverse range of settings including: geographical location, socio-economic population, operational systems and invited to apply to participate.

    Register your interest by 31st December 2023

    To register your interest in ‘Detect VTE QI programme’ and meet with the Thrombosis UK team leading this initiative to discuss and hear full information about potential involvement:

    Send an email indicating your interest to jo@thrombosisuk.org by 31st December 2023 to include:

    • Your name and professional role.
    • Name of practice or PCN.
    • Address of practice /PCN.
    • Total patient population.
    • The IT system used within the practice.
    • How did you hear of this opportunity?
    • A brief outline of why you are interested in participating.

    Can we help you with your research?

    Patient Safety Learning are supporting Thrombosis UK in recruiting for this project. Can we help you with your research too?

    Where the topic is relevant to patient safety, we can work with researchers and organisations in a number of ways: 

    • To help recruit participants
    • To share links to published papers via the hub and through our social media.
    • To create content (blogs, interviews, videos) that help provide context around findings or research projects.

    Contact the hub team at content@pslhub.org to discuss further.

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