FSRH launches Combined Hormonal Contraception UK National Benchmarking Audit 2019

Posted 30 July 2019

Date: 30 Jul 2019

Type: FSRH News and Information

FSRH has developed this free electronic tool for UK members to audit their provision of combined hormonal contraception (CHC) at their services. This audit is primarily focused on those working in primary care but will be useful for those in specialist services and other settings. FSRH members should return their completed audit by 18 October 2019.

Benchmarking services can help clinicians understand how their service performs nationally, it may provide evidence of audit activity for appraisals, it can be used in discussions with funders and it can help clinicians identify areas for development.

Four auditable standards have been selected for services providing CHC to benchmark their practice against other services in the UK, these are:

In women prescribed combined hormonal contraception (CHC) what percentage of women...
1. ...had their body mass index (BMI) documented?
2. ...had their blood pressure (BP) documented?
3. ...were informed about the effectiveness (with both typical and perfect use) of CHC and other contraceptive methods, including the superior effectiveness of LARC?
4. ...were informed about the health risks associated with use of CHC?

The closing date of the audit has been extended to 1 November 2019 (Friday).

Instructions to take part:
1. Download the Excel workbook at the foot of this page and start recording data in the ‘Recording Sheet’ tab.

2. When they have collected and entered their data into the Excel workbook, submit the excel sheet to FSRH CEU via email to CEU.Chalmers@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

3. They will receive their service’s ranked scores by the middle of December 2019.

Full information and contact details for questions about the process is included in the audit Excel workbook which can be found at the foot of this news story and you can contact the FSRH CEU Researcher - Eric Chen (Eric.Chen@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk) direct.

We hope that FSRH members will take part in this new initiative, which we hope will be really useful for clinicians looking to audit and benchmark their services.

Our latest FSRH Clinical Guideline Combined Hormonal Contraception can be downloaded for free at the foot of this news story.