pomVLAD is part of the larger Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme (PQIP). It launched in May 2018 and uses an online dashboard to report risk-adjusted complication data to 10 PQIP hospitals across the UK in near real-time.

The project uses variable life-adjusted (VLAD) charts to demonstrate observed against expected postoperative morbidity for individual sites. The VLAD chart is combined with feedback on performance against five enhanced recovery recommendations.

pomVLAD is due to run for 12 months, and is supported by the Health Foundation as part of their round 6 Innovating for Improvement funding stream.

The 10 hospitals receiving the pomVLAD dashboard are:

  • Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
  • Broomfield Hospital
  • East Surrey Hospital
  • Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
  • Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
  • Salford Royal Hospital
  • St Mary’s Hospital
  • Torbay Hospital
  • Warwick Hospital
  • York Hospital

The hospitals were chosen as they were in the top 20 sites for recruiting lower gastrointestinal patients to PQIP at the time the project was developed.