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Just Say Yes, Please

Published: 10 Aug 2020

At this time last year, to mark the arrival of the next cohort of junior doctors arriving or turning round, I wrote a blog entitled Just Say No. This was to suggest that, on induction with your new educational supervisor, if they suggested getting out 20 sets of case notes and doing an “audit”, that this offer was declined and a more productive quality improvement activity pursued (with the caveat that if the supervisor was to be intimately involved in the notes review, that that would be acceptable).

The Baroness Cumberlege Report – First do no harm (Published 8th July 2020)

Published: 22 Jul 2020

The report of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (IMMDs) The Cumberlege review has reported on three important clinical areas where harm has occurred; Primodos, sodium valproate and surgical mesh insertion for female urinary incontinence. The review has helped us identify a direction of travel in assuring new medical devices being introduced to treat a wide variety of conditions. The principals are generalisable and I believe we should use these as we develop additional devices registries. 2. This review into the treatment of female incontinence with surgical mesh is specific. It has given us interesting insights into the various vehicles that, in some respects, we take for granted, when holding patients’ data for review purposes; namely data bases and registries. In the course of this work, Cumberlege has defined databases and registries. These definitions, if accepted, can be extrapolated out into other areas where medical devices are implanted and further into other areas of healthcare.

HQIP response to the publication of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review report

Published: 10 Jul 2020

HQIP welcomes the publication of this much needed report, the nine recommendations and the twenty three actions required for improvement. We pay tribute to Baroness Cumberlege and her team who have worked tirelessly to bring this report to fruition, exposing the extent of harm done because of failings in the health system and the light it shines on the experiences of women and families.

HQIP response to “Institutional Use of National Clinical Audit by healthcare providers.”

Published: 26 May 2020

The recent paper -  Institutional Use of National Clinical Audit by healthcare providers McVey L, Alvardo N, Ken J at al. J Eval Clin Pract. 2020;1-8. DOI: 10.1111/jep.13403 - from colleagues looking into institutional use of National Clinical Audit, concluded that there is an imbalance between the benefits to institutions and the required resources for participating in the national audit programme. This study is based on interviews with 16 colleagues, is semi-structured and comes across as relying more on anecdote. There were additional interviews with 32 clinicians, although it is not clear how the findings from these colleagues reflect on the reported imbalance between the national programme and the Boards of Trusts.

National Audit Award Created for Nurses and Midwives

Published: 11 May 2020

The UK’s biggest annual celebration of the impact of clinical audit has created a unique award for nurses and midwives to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale (12 May 2020).

Our response to COVID-19

Published: 17 Mar 2020

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National data opt-out

Published: 03 Mar 2020

The national data opt-out policy comes into force in England in March 2020, enabling patients to opt-out from the use of their data for anything other than their individual care and treatment.

Calls for a medical devices registry to reduce risk of patient harm

Published: 05 Feb 2020

UK health leaders have joined forces to call for the creation of a national medical devices registry to record details of implants and devices in patients.

Applications open for National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme 2020/21

Published: 09 Dec 2019

The National Medical Director’s Clinical Fellow Scheme provides doctors in training with the opportunity to spend one year out of clinical training, working with senior leaders and teams in national healthcare organisations to develop skills in leadership, management, strategy, project management and health policy.

Audio for Audit: podcast to follow journey of HQIP Fellow

Published: 03 Dec 2019

HQIP medical director Professor Danny Keenan talks to respiratory registrar Sam Bartlett-Pestel about his decision to step away from clinical practice for a year to pursue a National Medical Director Fellowship. This is the first in a series of podcasts following Sam's journey at HQIP; the fellowship, managed by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, supports doctors in training to develop as medical leaders of the future.

Mental health audit wins excellence award for patient involvement

Published: 28 Oct 2019

A national clinical audit that aims to improve mental health care services in the UK is the winner of a national award that recognises outstanding patient and public involvement.

UK health, quality and standards organisations join forces in support of clinical service accreditation

Published: 22 Oct 2019

Increasing assurances mechanisms and accreditation in clinical services will lead to improvements in the quality of health services in the UK, according to a consortium of British organisations.

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Clinical Audit Heroes Awards 2019 – now open

Published: 02 Oct 2019

Who's your #AuditHero? To celebrate Clinical Audit Awareness Week, every year we run our Clinical Audit Heroes Awards campaign which recognises outstanding engagement in clinical audit and quality improvement. We are pleased to announce that the awards are now open for this year. Nominations are open until 1 November and for the first time we have 5 special categories for our Audit Heroes: Clinical Audit Professional, Student, Volunteer, Clinical Practitioner and Team of the Year. Each category will also have a local and national award.

New pilot launched to include independent health providers in national clinical audits

Published: 02 Oct 2019

A new pilot is being launched to enable health procedures provided by independent healthcare providers in England to be included in future national clinical audits.

Making patient information accessible and bagging a highly-commended award

Published: 14 Aug 2019

The Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme was highly commended in last year’s Richard Driscoll Memorial Award. Their award entry showed how they worked with patients to make information accessible and dynamic. In this blog post, project manager Bonnie Wiles explains more about their approach and what the award means to them.

Just Say No!

Published: 01 Aug 2019

This is the season for medical churn.

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HQIP joins UK Health Data Research Alliance

Published: 01 Aug 2019

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) has joined the UK Health Data Research Alliance to accelerate progress in medicine and health through better access to health data.

How a patient panel is driving improvement

Published: 02 Jul 2019

Iona Price is the chair of a national clinical audit patient panel. In this blog she explains how the panel is driving improvements in communications and collaboration.

Meaningful engagement: how do you get it right?

Published: 29 May 2019

Patient engagement advocate Linda Partridge shares her insight into what makes engagement and involvement with parents successful.

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