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Audit and Quality Improvement Projects

The Gold Guide which is the reference for postgraduate speciality training, states:

  • ‘Trainees must engage with systems of quality management and quality improvement in their clinical work and training’ [7.32]
  • 'trainees must take part in regular and systematic clinical audit or quality improvement’ [7.32] .

What does the HEEM say:

Those QI projects that are rejected by the ARCP panel are usually rejected because of the way they are written up with insufficient reflection on the learning. The project needs to be presented to the practice and have an "impact" on the way the practice cares for their patients. Projects written up at the last minute can end up just being data collection with no plan on how to take things forward.

There will be more resources available soon to help with these requirements. Quality improvement sets out to improve health outcomes in the NHS. There are a number of tools available to help you and some are here:

Mark Torkington uses the following guidance at Brimington Surgery to help create an audit project: click here to view.

NHS Scotland provides the following guidance on significant event audits: click here to view.

In addition to this requirement, the Chesterfield GP training programme offer a GP Registrar Project Award:

A £100 award for any GP Registrar has been created by the Chesterfield Training Programme Directors. The award is given to any original and innovative project which contributes directly or indirectly to patient care. For more information click here. The closing date is 30th June each year.

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