It is a pleasure to introduce this month’s guest writer, Margaret Perry, Clinical Effectiveness, Research and Development Manager. Known to many as an avid reader, whatever the publication medium – online, traditional or modern (Kindle), Margaret has waited patiently for 9 years for her chosen book to be updated. Our grateful thanks to her for finalising her choice and taking the time to contribute to this series.
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”.
The above quotation reflects perfectly what my chosen information resources provide, not just for me, but for those who also wish to gain a fuller understanding or expertise, in a very important process we use to improve quality of care and health outcomes – clinical audit.
The Book: We have had to wait 9 years for the 2nd edition of the classic text on clinical audit “NEW Principles of Best Practice in Clinical Audit”, far too long, in my opinion considering the importance of audit in improving the effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare. This book makes extensive use of work led by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) who have been given responsibility for reinvigorating clinical audit inEngland. It provides an excellent manual of best practice on how to undertake audit, and is not meant to be read from cover to cover, but should be “dipped” into as a source of guidance when audits are planned/undertaken, and is of value to those both new, or experienced, in undertaking this process.
Some useful links:
Online websites can complement books and add to the wealth of knowledge now available to us, at www.hqip.org.uk there are a number of recently published guides to help clinicians carry out high quality clinical audits, including:
Take a look yourself at the above, you will be impressed!!
For more information on the above, or “face to face” audit advice, please contact: Margaret Perry
Clinical Effectiveness, Research & Development Manager
email@example.com Tel: 01625661974