NMCRR launches new mortality review toolkit for trusts

The National Mortality Case Record Review (NMCRR) has published a new Mortality toolkit aimed at supporting trusts in implementing a standardised way of reviewing the case records of adults who have died in acute hospitals across England and Scotland.

The toolkit provides improved learning and understanding about problems and processes associated with mortality in healthcare, and shares best practice information, along with guidance, case studies and practical tips and common themes on mortality reviews.  

The RCP, the Improvement Academy and the West of England Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) developed the new toolkit to support the implementation of Structured Judgement Review (SJR) methods across trusts in England and Scotland and brings together valuable learning from the NMCRR programme’s pilot phase.

Dr Andrew Gibson, NMCRR clinical lead, said:

The toolkit has been a truly collaborative and successful project in providing acute hospitals with all the information needed to set up systems to enable them to learn from retrospective mortality reviews.

Professor Hutchinson, Improvement Academy lead methodologist, added:

This toolkit should act as a practical guide for organisations, supporting them in translating themes from their mortality review into real, practical quality improvement initiatives.

SJR method

The evidence-based SJR method is a standardised, flexible case record review method developed in partnership with the Improvement Academy, part of the Yorkshire and Humber AHSN, and DATIX UK.