Commissioners are vital to ensuring high quality VTE prevention underpins commissioning of services at a local level. Therefore it is important that they understand the significance of VTE prevention for quality and cost-effective patient care.
The Commissioning for Quality and Innovation (CQUIN) financial incentive scheme helped embed VTE prevention best practice into hospital culture and served as a mechanism by which commissioners could monitor VTE prevention achievement. The national VTE CQUIN no longer exists but some clinical commissioning groups have instigated local VTE prevention CQUINs targeting specific aspects of care provision.
Audit of VTE prevention should be integrated into patient safety strategies to ensure the delivery of safe, high quality, cost-effective care. Monitoring the implementation of the NICE Quality Standards for VTE Prevention (QS3) by auditing compliance with the measures it defines ensures that best practice is being followed. This lever can be used by commissioners in the contracting process to ensure that high quality VTE prevention underpins the commissioning of services at a local level. Each of the measures associated with the 7 Quality Statements and the mechanisms for audit is set out in a summary document, accessible below