Ardens has created a variety of resources to assist practices with identifying patients who may have PAD and to support the patients ongoing management once diagnosed.
Recording Information on the Management of PAD Patients
The Ardens PAD clinical template has been designed to standardise consultations, ensuring clinicians are following the latest national guidelines and recording accurate coding of data.
To locate the template, access the relevant patient record. Open a new consultation and select the Run Template option (if not in consultations, click on the Add button on the EMIS ribbon, followed by Data Using Template option).
This will open the Template Picker screen. If you have accessed any templates before, these will display to the left of the screen. Search for the template by typing “PAD” in the search box:
This will return the PAD (Ardens) template (alternatively select the Ardens > Chronic disease templates folder to the right of the screen).
All the Ardens Chronic Disease Templates follow the latest NICE guidance and best practice information. They include a QOF page for capturing QOF requirements and Review pages to complete a structured review.
Any information displayed in red relates to payment purposes such as QOF, PCN DES or local payment. Please note - if the information is relevant for the current financial year, you do not need to duplicate this information.
For clinicians requiring to complete a full review, the History, Lifestyle, Alcohol screening, Examination and ABPI and Investigations pages enable you to record all the relevant information.
The Review and Recall page enables users to record that the annual review has been completed. For practices not using a month-of birth recall system there is also the option to enter a diary date in the future to recall patients for their annual review, which can link to our Diary Recall System. For more information on the Diary Recall System, please see our dedicated support article.
The template contains many helpful links and information including links to NICE guidance within the Management page and leaflets for your patients within the Resources page.
Please note - for patients presenting with multiple long term conditions, you may wish to use the Ardens Multi-Morbidity Templates.
Ardens Diary Recall System
The Ardens Diary Recall System allows practice staff to easily manage diary recalls for blood tests, injections, procedures and follow-ups. This will enable users to record future diary entries for PAD patients requiring blood tests.
It offers the following:
- A simple system for clinicians and administrators to set recall dates.
- Alerts for reception staff to remind them what tests are due when a patient books an appointment or speaks to a receptionist.
- Searches to plan future appointment requirements and identify patients due a recall.
For more information on the Diary Recall System, please see our dedicated support article
Case Finding Searches
The Case Finding searches folder contains a suite of searches to support practices to improve data quality and ensure QOF payments are correctly calculated for your PAD patients. These will display patients who are not on the QOF PAD register but potentially should be, for example patients coded as APBI under 90%, coded as having had an arterial operation, or coded as h/o PAD or PAD review/monitoring. This will be affecting your prevalence for PAD and therefore affecting your practice’s QOF income:
For more information, please see our dedicated support article.
If you require any further assistance on the process above, please contact Ardens support on: firstname.lastname@example.org