Clinical Decision Making Tools

Clinical Decision Making Tools – Compliance with NG12 NICE Guidance

Compliance with NG12 NICE Guidance
  • Primary Care Network hosts a session on clinical support tools as part of peer support
  • Primary Care Networks create opportunities to signpost- support peer learning for their trainees re NG12 Guidance, E-Learning modules and Clinical Decision tools
  • Practices agree to use a clinical decision support tool including an audit of use and outcomes.

There are tools being developed to support primary care in investigation of symptoms which could be cancer related. For example, a lower GI symptom checker for SystmOne is being developed.

Clinical Decision Making Tools – Hints and Tips
Serious but non-specific symptoms of cancer

The use of Clinical Decision Support Tools and / or “Vague symptoms” (also called Serious but non-specific symptoms of cancer pathways) and / or Rapid Diagnostic Centre pathway. This depends on the service available locally. The Gold standard is the Rapid Diagnostic Centre (RDC) pathway but many areas do not have this in place. Consider-

  • Practices are aware of and uses their local RDC if there is a RDC pathway.
  • Where there is no RDC pathway, practices are aware of and use their local “vague symptoms” or Serious but non-specific symptoms of cancer pathway if this is available.
  • Where there is no RDC or vague symptoms pathway the practices are aware of and use decision support tools such as Q cancer.