International links: Promoting clinical audit and QI overseas
HQIP is always keen to share its work on clinical audit and other areas of quality improvement with international colleagues. We are proactive in engaging with colleagues working on similar ideas in other countries.
There is much to be gained from linking between national clinical audits in the UK and other countries, for discussion of shared issues, and at the most advanced level, through sharing data for comparative and other purposes. Large through the UK data set is, larger data sets can identify issues not apparent solely within the UK.
Such joint approaches have led to improvements in audit quality in many areas. On all of the topics we work on, but especially the area of joint replacement audit, HQIP promotes such linkage and sharing, through any means possible.
HQIP has good links with those working on clinical audit in Europe, partly through the European Society for Quality in Healthcare (ESHQ), of which it is an associate member and is represented on the executive group; and through ISQUA, the International Society for Quality, in which HQIP staff have individual membership. Going forward, HQIP hopes promote clinical audit internationally alongside other bodies.
In April 2012 HQIP hosted a major conference in partnership with ESQH on the development of registries in Europe - further details can be found here.
HQIP also welcomes international visitors. In the last two years we have welcomed visitors from Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Australia, and several from the Russian Federation and China.
All of our resources can be translated, with suitable acknowledgement, after discussion with HQIP. Some resources have already been translated into several languages, including an Italian translation of HQIP's ‘Criteria of Best Practice in Clinical Audit (pdf)'. The move was prompted by growing interest in clinical audit in Italy and the translation was produced by the Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria di Ferrara (University Hospital of Ferrara) under licence from HQIP.
The latest edition (2011) of the clinical audit textbook ‘New principles of best practice in clinical audit', edited by HQIP Chief Executive Robin Burgess and published by Radcliffe in January 2011, is written for audiences worldwide and is likely to be translated.
Audit in other countries
Those interested in practice in clinical audit in Italy may also be interested in subscribing to the Italian network bulletin, available by contacting email@example.com. There is also a new audit manual issued by the Italian state Health Department, available at http://www.salute.gov.it/qualita/paginaInternaQualita.jsp?id=2472&menu=formazione'.
Other good international centres include The Centre for Clinical Governance Research in Health (Faculty of the University of New South Wales, Australia), whose guidance includes 'Clinical audit: a comprehensive review of the literature (pdf)'.