The Centre was established in September 2014 in memory of Lindsay Stewart. Lindsay Stewart was a generous benefactor who made a significant financial donation to the College in 2010. The use of his name acknowledges his wish to support the College’s research and development activities.
Before the Centre was established, audit and research activities at the College were carried out through the Office for Research and Clinical Audit (ORCA). ORCA was established in 2006 as an academic partnership between the RCOG and the Department of Health Services Research and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM).
Between 2006 and 2014, ORCA completed a number of large-scale and national projects and successfully bid for funding from organisations including the Health Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges, and the UK National Screening Committee.
Building on this solid foundation, in September 2014 the Lindsay Stewart Centre for Audit and Clinical Informatics replaced ORCA as the entity within the College responsible for delivering audit and quality improvement projects. The Centre’s programme of work is project-based and includes a number of partnerships and collaborations with other institutions, including the LSHTM, the Clinical Effectiveness Unit at the Royal College of Surgeons, and the Royal College of Midwives.