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Quality improvement in surgery

Learning and continuous improvement are essential parts of a surgeon’s day to day work.

Over the next few months, we will be working with our members and other healthcare professionals and organisations to explore how we can support surgeons and surgical services in making best use of quality improvement practice, to improve patient outcomes and experience and to develop quality improvement expertise within surgery.

There are many definitions of the concept of quality in healthcare, but it is widely accepted that it should be safe, effective, patient-centred, timely, efficient and equitable.

Quality improvement is one element of the quality agenda and while there is no single definition, it normally refers to using defined and systematic change methods over a set period of time to improve patient outcomes and experience.

Read more about our existing project that aims to reduce time to urgent gall bladder surgery through the use of quality improvement methodology.

Get in touch:

Have questions or want to contact us about the quality improvement work we’re doing?

  • Email Claire Flatt, project manager cflatt@rcseng.ac.uk. We will reply to you as soon as possible and aim to do this within a few days.
  • Call 020 7869 6235 to speak to the team.
  • For press and media enquiries please contact the RCS press office on pressoffice@rcseng.ac.uk or call 020 7869 6047

“This is a very exciting new direction for us to be taking. The Cholequic project delivers real help to surgical teams in their place of work. We are now looking to expand this to help surgeons in other specialties tackle similar problems.”

Mr John Abercrombie, RCS Council Member and Quality Improvement in Surgery Clinical Lead

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