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Getting to grips with data (1 CPD hour)


Read and reflect on four advice-packed articles on using data to guide your commissioning decisions – then draw up your own simple action plan to put your learning into practice.

Learning objectives

To improve your understanding of:

  • Potential sources of data that may be useful to GP commissioners
  • The potential uses of public health data, cost and capacity data and service usage data
  • How to assess the quality of the data you have access to
  • How to make a judgement of when data is ‘good enough’

After reading these articles on getting the most out of data. You will be asked to record your learning points and some action points to earn a suggested 1 CPD credit. Below are some suggested questions to reflect on as you work through the module:

  1. What sources of data does your local commissioning consortium use?
  2. How good is the quality of local data?
  3. How has data been used locally to successfully redesign a service?
  4. Who is the data expert at your PCT?
  5. Does your commissioning consortium have an in-house data expert?

This module was first published on 6th September 2010 and was up to date with all key guidelines and evidence at that point. It will be reviewed as part of our routine update cycle by 6th September 2012 but will be updated sooner to reflect any key guideline changes.


The articles that form the basis of this module appeared in Practical Commissioning magazine.
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