February’s eBulletin is now out!

Published: 01 Mar 2023

Welcome to the February 2023 round-up of clinical audit news, events and programmes from HQIP and other relevant healthcare organisations.


  • NEW report published
  • Job opportunity: Chief Executive Officer
  • Clinical Audit Awareness Week 2023 update
  • Case study: National Early Inflammatory Arthritis Audit
  • NHS England Quality Accounts list 2023-24 amended
  • NEW benchmarking data available
  • Article – Patient safety
  • Other news: CVDPREVENT; GIRFT ‘SEDIT’ tool
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NEW report published

The following report was published this month:

Eighth report – Emergency laparotomy (NELA)

You can find a full list of all published reports on our website.

Job opportunity: Chief Executive Officer

After 10 years in post, our current CEO, Jane Ingham, is retiring. Can you help HQIP to find its next CEO or are you the perfect candidate? We are looking for an outstanding, progressive and values-based leader, with extensive knowledge and experience of healthcare quality improvement, to lead us in our mission to support evidence-based improvements in patient outcomes. Following our success in regaining the contract to commission the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP) from 1 April 2023, the timing is right for a leader seeking an important new challenge.


For more information, and a full job description, go to the HQIP website (closing date: 9am, 20 March 2023).

Clinical Audit Awareness Week 2023 update

Following the announcement of the return of Clinical Audit Awareness Week in 2023, we are pleased to share the following update

Clinical Audit Heroes Awards

The 2023 awards will be open to clinical audit work in the following categories:
• Patient safety hero
• Patient and public involvement hero
• Healthcare inequalities hero
• Influencing organisational change hero eg at Board level
• Sustainability hero.
The awards will open for nominations on Thursday 30 March 2023.

Further information can be found on our Clinical Audit Heroes Awards webpage, however, details of how to take part will be shared at an online launch event…

Online launch event

HQIP’s Medical Director, Danny Keenan, will be hosting an online launch event on Thursday 30 March (1-2pm) via MS Teams for audit and healthcare colleagues to learn more about #CAAW23 and the awards. Find out more, and details of how to join, here.

For more information on Clinical Audit Awareness Week and the awards more generally, go to our #CAAW23 webpage.

Finally, don’t forget to join in on social media using #CAAW23!

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Case study – National Early Inflammatory Arthritis Audit

The Richard Driscoll Memorial Award (RDMA) 2022 asked HQIP commissioned programmes to describe how patients and carers influence the production of the patient-focused outputs.

The entry from the National Early Inflammatory Arthritis Audit (NEIAA) highlights how the NEIAA commissioned work to understand and improve the quality of care for patients over the age of 16 with inflammatory arthritis across England and Wales.

Read the case study in full here.

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NHS England Quality Accounts list 2023-24 amended

The NHS England Quality Accounts list 2023-24 has been amended. The revised version of the List, dated February 2023, is now available on our website, along with further information and guidance.


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NEW benchmarking data available

New performance data is now available on the National Clinical Audit Benchmarking (NCAB) portal

NCAB is an online portal providing access to national audit performance data benchmarked by speciality, Trust, hospital or unit. To find out about your provider’s benchmarked performance in a range of clinical areas, visit the NCAB website.

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Article – Patient safety

Patient safety has developed as health care systems have become more complex, but a key element has always been continuous improvement based on learning from mistakes. However, mistakes are rarely the fault of one individual or incident – systems, processes and culture all play their part…

HQIP’s Associate Director for Quality and Development (NCAPOP), Tina Strack’s article Safety in numbers explores the importance of taking a holistic, evidence-based approach to patient safety. Featured in HQIP’s Quality Improvement magazine, CORNERSTONE, this article also includes a range of resources relating to this topic.


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Other news


Data up to September 2022 is now available on the CVDPREVENT Data & Improvement Tool, for all of their indicators on CVD prevention in primary care. Find out more here.

GIRFT ‘SEDIT’ tool (Summary Emergency Department Indicator Table)

SEDIT is an easy-to-use, online depository of emergency medicine data, including novel metrics, that is updated monthly and is available to all NHS colleagues. Find out more here.



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