HQIP provides support for clinical audit and quality improvement networks, many of which were established by our quality improvement and development team. We encourage audit and QI professionals to engage in the benefits of sharing best practice, networking and co-education and training to ensure that skills are recognised and maintained in health care provider organisations.
Importantly, clinical audit and quality improvement professionals are a vital source of knowledge and support for clinicians and patient and public involvement leads in driving forward quality improvement activity.
Networks are a great way to get peer support and find out what has worked well in other regions and hospitals. Are you a member of a network? Find out about to get involved in your local network below.
If you have any queries about our support for networks please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit Network (NQICAN)
The NQICAN is the 'network of networks' and has representation from all regional networks, some national/specialist networks and national groups such as medical and surgical royal colleges and HQIP. The current chair is Carl Walker of University Hospitals Leicester
National Ambulance Clinical Audit Steering Group
The group's purpose is to support the strategic development and co-ordination of clinical audit and quality improvement in ambulance services. Membership is open to ambulance service clinical audit leads and invited co-opted members.
Contact: Niro Siriwardena
North West Mental Health Clinical Audit Group
The group has been established to support staff, and promote the sharing of good practices between audit/effectiveness departments within Mental Health Trusts in the North West. It aims to enable the sharing of common audit tools, facilitate benchmarking processes, enable networking and provide peer support for staff as well as facilitate problem solving.
Contact the chair: Catherine Dunn
Cumbria and Lancashire Clinical Audit Network (CaLCan)
The CaLCan was Established in May 2010, the group is open to anyone involved in clinical audit or quality improvement.
Membership includes acute trusts, mental health trusts, providers and commissioners and the purpose of the network is to promote the sharing of knowledge, information and effective practice in relation to clinical audit.
Contact the chair: Janette Mills
Greater Manchester Clinical Audit Network (GMCAN)
GMCAN was established in February 2007 “To develop links and share good practice through experiences gained in everyday clinical audit and to standardise best practice throughout the region”
It acts as a discussion forum and support mechanism for clinical audit staff, meeting quarterly in January, April, June, October at the Trafford General Hospital Education Centre.
Contact the chair: Michelle Garrett
Mersey Clinical Audit Network
The Mersey network welcomes new members to its quarterly meetings at the Royal Liverpool Hospital. Regular membership includes RLBUHT, Alder Hey, Aintree, COCH, Liverpool Women’s, Liverpool Heart & Chest, Wirral, NWAS and NHS Blood and Transplant Service
Contact the chair: Michael Spry
Yorkshire Effectiveness and Audit Regional Network (YEARN)
The YEARN includes managers of clinical effectiveness, clinical audit and governance in all sectors across Yorkshire and the Humber. They meet every two months in York at various locations across the region, and cover a network of around 40 people from primary care, secondary care, hospice, mental health, ambulance and blood services.
Contact the chair: Jan Micallef
East Midlands Clinical Audit Support Network (EMCASnet)
CASNet is a network of people with responsibility for clinical audit who work within the East Midlands and South Yorkshire area and meets quarterly hosted by member organisations on a rotational basis.
The network began in the early 1990s as a forum for primary care clinical audit staff in the former Trent region. Since then it has evolved to reflect regional changes and now includes members from community provider organisations, commissioners, acute trusts, mental health trusts, ambulance trusts and others.
CASNet serves as a networking and discussion forum for staff with a remit for clinical audit, sharing best practice and resources, advocating and promoting the values of clinical audit, and influencing national clinical audit developments and programmes.
Midlands Effectiveness and Audit Network (MEAN)
The MEAN is open to all staff in the NHS (West Midlands Strategic Health Authority area) who work in areas related to clinical audit and effectiveness. The group aims to:
The group has a core planning group which is open to all members who wish to volunteer with organising MEAN activities. Responsibility for taking notes at meetings, arranging meeting venues and chairing the meetings is undertaken by a core planning group member by rota.
Contact the interim chair: Simone Jasim
East of England Clinical Audit Network
The East of England Clinical Audit and NICE Network supports and represents clinical audit and quality improvement staff in all healthcare sectors across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Set up in March 2010, the group holds quarterly meetings hosted by organisations across the region. If you are involved in clinical audit or quality improvement in the East of England then we would like to hear from you. The network also has strong links with NICE and membership is also open to staff who have responsibility for the management and implementation of NICE guidance.
Contact the chair: Sarah Powell
South West Audit Network (SWANS)
The SWANS broadly covers the NHS South West Region and exists for the benefit of clinical audit and effectiveness staff. SWANS provides the opportunity for sharing information, ideas, problems and successes.
Contact the chair: Stuart Metcalfe
South Central Clinical Audit Network
The South Central Clinical Audit Network represents and supports clinical audit and quality improvement staff across all healthcare sectors working in the South Central region. The network holds quarterly meetings hosted by organisations within the network. The network also holds training and education events. If you are involved in clinical audit and quality improvement in the region they would like to hear from you.
Contact the chair: Jennifer Knight
South East Clinical Effectiveness Network (SECEN)
The SECEN is a collaborative of professionals working in quality improvement including; clinical audit, effectiveness and governance. The group, which is one of the longer established networks, covers staff working in organisations across all healthcare sectors in the South East Coast region; membership is free and unrestricted. Meetings are held three times a year and also include training and education events.
Contact the joint chairs: Emma Marcroft and Carol Evans
North London Clinical Audit Network (NLCAN)
The North London Clinical Audit Network represents and supports clinical audit and quality improvement staff in all healthcare sectors working in the London boroughs north of the Thames with the exception of the following boroughs in east London – City of London, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham.
The network holds quarterly meetings hosted by local organisations. It also holds regular pan-London events with the South and East London Clinical Audit Network. If you are involved in clinical audit and quality improvement in North London we would like to hear from you.
Contact the chair: Sai Nimalathevan
South and East London (SELCAN)
The South and East London Clinical Audit Network represents and supports clinical audit and quality improvement staff in all healthcare sectors working in the London boroughs south of the Thames and the following boroughs in east London – City of London, Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Newham.
If you are involved in clinical audit and quality improvement in North London they would like to hear from you.
Contact the chair: Anne Jones