Clinical Audits

The Clinical Audits page collates the Royal College of Emergency Medicine's national clinical audits, including current and previous clinical audits. Use the navigation below to browse current audits, previous audits and frequently asked questions about audits and data submitted. 

Current Audits

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2018/2019 Audit and QIP programme
 

Registration and data entry have now closed for the 2018/19 national clinical audit and QIP programme.  Registered Emergency Departments (ED) are able to continue using the system for local data entry and quality improvement, but should note that data entered after 23:59 14 February 2019 will not be included in the reports.

Registration was open to all Type 1 UK Emergency Departments.

Feverish Child

Data entry (closed on 14 Feb) 
Audit information pack  (1 Aug 2018)
Audit questions (2 Aug 2018)

User guide (1 Aug 2018)
Understanding your SPC charts (21 Dec 2018)
Reports will be published late April 2019

Vital Signs in Adults
Data entry (closed on 14 Feb 2019) 
Audit information pack  (1 Aug 2018)
Audit questions (2 Aug 2018)
User guide (1 Aug 2018)
Understanding your SPC charts (21 Dec 2018)
Reports will be published late April 2019

VTE Risk in Lower Limb Immobilisation
Data entry (closed on 14 Feb 2019) 
Audit information pack  (17 Oct 2018)
Audit questions (17 Oct 2018)
User guide (1 Aug 2018)
Understanding your SPC charts (21 Dec 2018)
Reports will be published late April 2019

Further information
All of the above topics are on the Quality Accounts list for 2018/2019 and are felt to pose challenges for Emergency Departments at present. By conducting these clinical audits, RCEM hopes to support effective local and national quality improvement. 

RCEM is delighted to bring to some brilliant upgrades to the clinical audit programme this year.  Quality Improvement (QI) is becoming ever more established in emergency medicine, the specialty leading the way and embracing better care for patients.  

To better support the QI journey, RCEM is moving away from the traditional clinical audit model of simply collecting and reporting data, and towards a national quality improvement programme.  

As always, three topics of vital importance to emergency medicine will be audited: Feverish Child, Vital Signs in Adults, and VTE Risk in Lower Limb Immobilisation.  However, rather than having to wait until the following Spring to discover how EDs performed, the results will become available instantaneously as soon as the data has been entered. Much more detail about how performance changes over the whole data collection period will also be available, as well as the impact of the quality improvement initiatives.

What is changing?

A number of improvements have been made to support greater control over data and their use for effective local quality improvement.  Here are some of the new features:
New dashboard showing real-time data for EDs
Ability to track how data changes over weeks and months on SPC charts
Quality improvement features built in
Ability to record PDSA cycles that will automatically be annotated on charts to see effectiveness
Ability to compare one ED's data to others within the same Trust, within the same country or the whole of the UK
Better user interface
Better data validation
Faster data entry
Data mapped to ECDS for easier patient identification and extraction from the ED system

RCEM has partnered with Net Solving Ltd to make this happen.  Net Solving are the software company behind the national audits that are consistently rated as some the most effective, such as SSNAP and NELA. The move from clinical audit to national QI will involve much learning and all feedback will be most welcome, which will be used to design and add new features.

 


2019/20 RCEM national clinical audits 

Mental Health

Contact us to get involved in the pilot (will take place Spring 2019)
Audit information pack (to be published after the pilot - June 2019)
Data entry (will be live 1 Aug 2019 - 31 Jan 2020)
Report (will be published Spring 2020)

Assessing for Cognitive Impairment in Older People

Contact us to get involved in the pilot (will take place Spring 2019)
Audit information pack (to be published after the pilot - June 2019)
Data entry (will be live 1 Aug 2019 - 31 Jan 2020)
Report (will be published Spring 2020)

Care of Children in the ED
Contact us to get involved in the pilot (will take place Spring 2019)
Audit information pack (to be published after the pilot - June 2019)
Data entry (will be live 1 Aug 2019 - 31 Jan 2020)
Report (will be published Spring 2020)


Audit contacts

It is important for the College to maintain contact details for Consultants and administrators responsible for audit in their Departments in order to keep them informed of audit developments. Please notify the College administrator of any changes to your contact details (see details below).

 

Support

Should you have any questions please email audit@rcem.ac.uk or telephone 020 7400 6108.


External Audits

Urgent and Emergency Care Clinical Audit Toolkit A learning tool to support the quality of urgent and emergency care services for patients was launched on 30th March 2011 by the Royal College of General Practitioners. Go to the Audit Guidance page for more information and to download the toolkit.

National Care of the Dying Audit for Hospitals in England
For the first time, a survey of bereaved relatives' views has been performed alongside organisational and clinical audit elements, as part of a national audit of care of the dying. The audit was delivered by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in collaboration with the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool. The full national audit report and an executive summary can be downloaded from the RCP website.

NCAPOP and Audit Resources
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) manages and develops the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP). In addition HQIP is developing guidance and resources to assist local clinical audit programmes. See more here

 

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