Inpatient Unit Clinical Benchmarking Project

Patient safety is a key domain of quality in hospice care. Quality indicators are useful to demonstrate safe and harm free care.

We support the benchmarking of patient safety in hospice care

What is the Inpatient Unit Clinical Benchmarking Project?

‘Benchmarking is the use of structured comparisons to help define and implement best practice' (NHS Benchmarking Network 2017)

Benchmarking as a component of Quality Management offers a continuous process by which an organisation can measure and compare its outcomes overtime with peer organisations and use the findings to inform management decision making.

The Inpatient Unit Clinical Benchmarking Toolkit focuses on three core patient safety metrics and two of patient activity:

  • Falls
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Medication incidents
  • Bed occupancy
  • Throughput

How does the benchmarking project work?

The project runs on an annual cycle commencing in the month of April and is reported quarterly in April, July, October and January of each year. The submission deadlines for 2018/2019 are as follows:



Submission Deadline



April, May, June

19 July 2018

20 July 2018


July, August, September

18 October 2018

19 October 2018


October, November, December

17 January 2019

18 January 2019


January, February, March

18 April 2019

19 April 2019


Following the submission deadline Hospice UK issue quarterly reports which include:

  • A submission report
  • Benchmarking statements for each metric. These also contain historical data.
  • A feedback report showing the overall data for each category

Each hospice is responsible for its own data and who they wish to share it with.  Hospice UK will not share data outside the benchmarking community.

How can I join?

If you'd like to join the Clinical Benchmarking project, please sign up below!

Sign up

After registration, a notification email is sent to to let us know that you’ve decided to join us!  

Upon registering, each hospice site receives a unique ID which is only known to themselves and Hospice UK.

Data is currently submitted on a quarterly basis via a personalised web form. The whole year’s submission links will be provided, enabling hospices to submit data monthly if they chose. If you would like to see an example of the links, you may download here. If you know your unique ID, you can request your links here.

Additional Resources

Clinical Benchmarking Network
Clinical Benchmarking Hospice IQ Forums

Contact Us

If you have any queries, please do get in contact with Marie Cooper, Practice Development Lead, Hospice UK or Heather Lovvorn, Clinical Team Administrator, Hospice UK.

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