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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

 

How can I get involved?

There are many ways you can engage with the work of the Centre.

Please get in touch if:

  • you have a suggestion for a local quality improvement project that might benefit from some expertise and guidance from the experienced Centre team
  • you are already working in an organisation that could benefit from collaborating with the Centre
  • you are interested in funding work to improve healthcare for girls, women and their families.
  • you are commissioning research, or wish to focus on particular audiences
  • you are interested in being involved in any of our projects

 

Our projects:

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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

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Each Baby Counts + Learn and Support: A new RCOG/RCM programme to support multidisciplinary maternity teams in England to implement and evaluate interventions that focus on behaviour, team work, safety and positive work culture in their units.

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

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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

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

Elsewhere on the site

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Academic O&G
Find out how the RCOG supports and promotes academic work within obstetrics and gynaecology