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The RCOG Centre for Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit

Established by the Lindsay Stewart Trust

Since 2014, the College – through the Lindsay Stewart Centre for Audit and Clinical Informatics – has delivered pioneering quality improvement projects and audits that have transformed the quality of services in obstetrics, gynaecology and maternity care.

Following on from the successes of Each Baby Counts, the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit and the OASI Care Bundle, we have identified potential to expand the scope of our work.

So we've launched the RCOG Centre for Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit, to carry out high-quality clinical audit and quality improvement projects in women’s and girls’ healthcare that will:

  • drive positive change in health service provision
  • improve outcomes for girls, women and their families
  • inform and influence policy
  • improve the quality of care in women’s health

How it will work

The RCOG Centre for Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit will:

  • develop and deliver quality improvement projects based on robust methodologies including, but not limited to, care bundles, service evaluations and implementation tools and processes
  • conduct high quality clinical audit and informatics projects using real time data and large data sets to produce evidence-based analyses of clinical issues
  • work in partnership with:
    • women and girls – we will involve women and girls through the RCOG’s Patient and Public Involvement function, ensuring they are always at the centre of their own care
    • Fellows, Members, trainees – we will enable and encourage our membership to engage with the Centre to access support for the development of projects in their own organisations, and work within the Centre on projects and initiatives
    • Clinical Study Groups and specialist societies – we will build on the wealth of clinical and scientific knowledge within the field of O&G and share complimentary skills and expertise
    • midwives and other healthcare professionals – we will engage their expertise to ensure a multidisciplinary approach to the prioritisation and delivery of all our projects
    • other academic institutions – we will establish strategic partnerships to bid for, develop and deliver joint projects
    • charities, third sector or other organisations – we will work in partnership to fund, develop and deliver healthcare focused projects
    • government organisations – who may wish to contract or commission the high quality work and expertise of the Centre

Our projects:

Tommy's National Centre for Maternity Improvement is an alliance of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, the Royal College of Midwives and Tommy's

Each Baby Counts: A national quality improvement project to reduce the number of stillbirths, neonatal deaths and brain injuries occurring as a result of incidents during term labour

Each Baby Counts + Learn and Support: A joint initiative between the RCOG and the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) to help improve maternity care in England.

National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (NMPA): A new large scale audit of the NHS maternity services across England, Scotland and Wales

The OASI Care Bundle Project: A scaling-up programme to reduce rates of Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injury (OASI) through an intervention package, including a care bundle

OASI2 is a research project to evaluate the sustainability of the OASI Care Bundle and methods to scale-up the intervention to further maternity units in the NHS  

COVID Maternity Equality Project (CMEP): The Health Foundation has awarded a grant for a project looking at whether changes to maternity care during the COVID-19 pandemic have affected existing inequalities.

Clinical Indicators Programme: A programme to develop clinically relevant, methodologically robust performance indicators for obstetric and gynaecological care using available data

Genomics at RCOG: Our information hub on genomics, with resources and 3-part learning plan