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Quality in Emergency Care Committee

Chair - Dr Simon Smith

The Quality in Emergency Care Committee (QECC) is focussed on achieving a consistently high standard of care in all UK Emergency Departments, placing the specialty firmly at the centre of the current “quality agenda”. This will ensure that Emergency Departments continue to receive the resources they need, and are recognised for excellence in clinical care as well as time standards.

The committee aims to provide regular information and useful communications to Emergency Departments, supporting clinical quality and service improvement, providing guidance and administering relevant national audits.

Please note that until April 2014, the committee was named the Clinical Effectiveness Committee.

Objectives

  • To develop Consensus Based Good Practice Statements for the specialty of Emergency Medicine
  • To set and monitor standards of Clinical Care, Best Practice and Clinical Procedures in Emergency Departments
  • To produce audit tools for Emergency Departments that will encourage uniform data collection and enable audit to be conducted in a systematic way
  • To develop and disseminate patient safety strategies for the specialty of Emergency Medicine
  • To develop and maintain the clinical effectiveness section of the RCEM website
  • To advise the NHS, DOH and other relevant organisations regarding the IT requirements for emergency medicine, both nationally and locally.
  • To advise the NHS, DOH, CQC, the Royal Colleges and other national bodies who have an interest in the quality of care and risk management in Emergency Departments.

Structure

The work of the QECC is split between a number of subcommittees. Please clink on the sections below for more information.

Chair - Dr James France

Objectives

  1. To develop consensus based best practice statements for the speciality of Emergency Medicine
  2. To advise the NHS, DOH, HCC, the Royal Colleges and other national bodies who have an interest in good clinical practice in Emergency Departments.
  3. To develop and maintain the best practice section of the College website.

The subcommittee has produced many excellent best practice guidelines which can be downloaded from the College Guidancepage.

The subcommittee also reviews and endorses guidelines from other organisations that are relevant to Emergency Medicine. See the External Guidancepage.

Many Emergency Departments have shared locally developed guidelines to help exchange best practice. These can be viewed on the Local Guidancepage.

Find out more.

Chair – Dr Emma Redfern.

The QEC Safer Care subcommittee has been established to identify key themes and markers for patient safety, and develop and disseminate patient safety and risk management strategies for the specialty of Emergency Medicine (EM). The subcommittee will ensure that the College considers the safety of patients in all aspects of its work at all levels; National, Regional and Departmental.

Regular safety alerts and newsflashes are produced and distributed to ED safety leads. If you have any queries about safety in the emergency department, you can reach the administrator and committee Chair by emailing safety@rcem.ac.uk

Chair - Dr Elizabeth Saunders.

The committee designs and runs three national clinical audits of emergency medicine practice each year, and maintains RCEM's clinical standards.

Find out more about clinical audit, quality improvement , and clinical standards

Chair - Dr Ian Higginson.

RCEM undertakes reviews of emergency care services at the invitation of NHS organisations. A service review can help a failing ED to become good, and a good ED to become excellent.

Find out more.

Chair - Dr Catherine Hayhurst.

This subcommittee works to progress and promote emergency mental health care.

Find out more.

Chair - Dr Jon Jones.

To develop and promote consensus based best practice on major trauma.

Find out more.

Chair - Dr Johann Grundlingh.

To promote the latest evidence and develop consensus based best practice on toxicology.

Find out more.

Chair - Dr Ling Harrison.

RCEM has convened a new Special Interest Group looking at public health.

Find out more.

Chair - Dr Tara Sood.

RCEM has convened a new Special Interest Group looking at ambulatory emergency care.

Find out more.

Chair - Dr Jay Banerjee.

RCEM has convened a new Special Interest Group looking at frailty and elderly care.

Find out more.

Resources

Click on the links below to access resources for clinicians and departments:


Committee Minutes

Click on the links below for the minutes, publicly available from July 2015:


Contact Details

Please contact the QECC administrator with any queries:
e-mail: Sam.McIntyre@rcem.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7067 1269

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