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Quality improvement activities

This page explains what is meant by ‘quality improvement activities’ in the context of revalidation, and provides guidance on what you need to do to prepare.

You will need to demonstrate that you regularly review and evaluate the quality of your work. You can do this by participating in clinical audits, reviews of clinical outcomes or case reviews/discussions. These quality improvement activities should reflect the breadth of your clinical work over the 5-year revalidation period.

Clinical audit

You should participate in at least one complete audit cycle (audit; practice review; re-audit) in every 5-year revalidation cycle.

Where relevant and possible, you should participate in national audits. You are also encouraged to improve your own practice through personal and local audit.

Review of clinical outcomes

You will need to demonstrate the quality of your practice through a review of your clinical outcomes. Clinical outcomes used for revalidation need to be robust, attributable and well validated.

Examples include participation in the collection of data for national registries or databases, or contributions to nationally agreed standards or protocols.

Case reviews/discussions

If appropriate audits and registries are unavailable, you can use case reviews/discussions as evidence of your commitment to improving the quality of your work.

Examples include submission of case reviews (with evidence of reflection against national guidelines or standards, discussion with your peers or presentation at department meetings) or evidence of relevant working party or committee work (with evidence of your personal input and reflection).

Find out more

For more information about quality improvement activities, see pages 12–14 of the O&G-specific revalidation resource produced by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC), the RCOG and the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH), below.


Specialty-specific revalidation advice
Advice on revalidation and appraisal from the RCOG, FSRH and AoMRC [PDF]

Read pages 12–14 of this document for more information about quality improvement activities in the context of revalidation.

Elsewhere on the site

Information about the role of appraisal in revalidation, and resources to help you prepare
Continuing professional development (CPD) is a key component of revalidation: find out about the RCOG’s CPD programme