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Further Links and Resources

This page outlines further resources that may support surgeons and surgical services in implementing change through audit and review of data and outcomes. Many of these resources are freely available to staff within the NHS.

Audit

Websites

University Hospital Bristol NHS Foundation Trust: The audit team have developed useful ‘How to guides’ on many aspects of audit

The Clinical Audit Support Centre provides healthcare staff and clinical audit professionals with  resources  to assist with of clinical audit.

Publications

Audit: How to do it in practice

Surgical outcomes

Clinical quality indicators

NHS Evidence have links to many published surgical indicators, including meta-analyses of effectiveness and research on best practice in development

Patient Reportes Outcome Measures (PROMs)

The following websites have information on Patient reported outcome measures:

Patient experience

The patient experience portal is an online resource of research and experience with regards to measuring patient experience

The NHS Institute has a whole section on capturing and improving patient experience:

The Health Foundation have developed the Person- Centred Care Resource Centre including information on health literacy, self-management, shared decision making and other topics

Surgical data

Healthcare Intelligence  is part of Population Health service within the Health Service Executive (HSE). They focus on three main areas:

  • Development of evidence-based tools to support key strategic and operational decision-making needs
  • Enabling health service staff to use a range health intelligence, evidence, and knowledge for health
  • Enabling Research and Development in the health system

Association of Public Health Observatories (APHO) represents a network of 12 public health observatories (PHOs) working across all devolved nations. They produce information, data and intelligence on people's health and health care for practitioners, policy makers and the wider community.

Welsh Health Analysts Network (WHAN)  shares knowledge in the health information and intelligence community across Wales.

Quality improvement methodology

HQIP have developed excellent guidance on different quality improvement methodologies called 'Guide to Quality Improvement Methods'

NHS Improving Quality publish a monthly Improvement Science Alert which outlines latest research and publications in improvement science.

Getting help with finding the information you need

The College

The Standards Department within the RCS are happy to support surgeons, managers, commissioners and patients with information about improving  surgical care. To contact us please email: psd@rcseng.ac.uk

Kings Fund

The online catalogue for the Information and Library service of The King’s Fund is freely available. Coverage includes policy and management of health and social care services (not clinical issues and treatments) 1979 to present.

Chain

This is a network that has a large list of resources that cover the following:

  • Bereavement & Loss
  • Cancer services & support
  • Clinical Audit
  • Dementia
  • Equality & Diversity
  • Quality Improvement
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Leadership
  • Mentoring & Coaching
  • Networks & networking
  • New Technologies
  • Patient and Public Involvement/Improving Patients' Experience
  • Patient Safety
  • Self-care management of long-term Conditions
  • Service Improvement among allied health professionals

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