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Jane Moore NICE gives a NICE update on Quality Standards and Clinical Audit

Jane Moore Implementation Consultant National Institute for Health and Care Excellence gives a NICE update on quality standards and clinical audit on day 2 of the Clinical Audit and Improvement conference. Jane discussed:

  • NICE guidance and quality standards: an update
  • Quality Standards in development
  • the role of clinical audit in monitoring adherence to standards
  • NICE Quality Standards and support for audit in practice

Jane Moore’s full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

NICE quality standards are concise sets of prioritised statements designed to drive measurable quality improvements within a particular area of health or care.  These can be used by clinical audit teams within a quality improvement framework to identify local priorities and drive improvement programmes.

Jane’s presentation outlined:

  • the key features of NICE quality standards: NICE quality standards are derived from the best available evidence, which may be from NICE and may also be from a range of other evidence sources accredited by NICE. They include process and outcome measures, and where data is already collected for national clinical audit this will be stated.
  • key messages about their purpose and potential for quality improvement: NICE quality standards are prioritised at a national level as areas for quality improvement.  A local assessment can identify whether the statements are relevant to the organisation, and how well the service compares to them. If the organisation compares well this can be used to provide assurance of the quality of services to the Board, commissioner, regulators and service users.  Where gaps are identified, organisations can then consider whether this highlights any potential risks, or areas where simple actions could be taken to improve services.  It can also identify areas for more in-depth quality improvement work using clinical audit.
  • how clinical audit quality standards together can drive quality improvement: An initial assessment of NICE quality standards can help clinical audit teams identify and prioritise quality improvement topics for the organisations clinical audit programme for the coming year.  It can help identify areas where conducting an improvement initiative using clinical audit or other quality improvement methodology could have significant impact on the quality of services and patient outcomes.

Jane also provided signposting to some key resources to support clinical audit teams to use NICE quality standards, such as:

  • the NICE local practice collection, showcasing hundreds of real life examples of how NICE quality standards have been used to improve the quality of health and social care around the UK www.nice.org.uk/sharedlearning
  • the NICE Into Practice guide, which provides detailed advice on how to use them to achieve high quality care, and includes helpful tips and resources www.nice.org.uk/intopracticeguide

Jane Moore’ Biography:

Jane Moore is an Implementation Consultant with the NICE Field Team, where her role is to support the NHS and other organisations with using NICE guidance in practice, through sharing examples of best practice, delivering presentations and workshops, and engaging with health and social care leaders and staff at a national and local level.

She previously worked as a National Project Lead for the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), set up to promote quality in healthcare and increase the impact that clinical audit can have. She spent several years as Head of Quality and Audit for a Mental Health Trust, where she also led on research governance and was responsible for delivery of national and local quality improvement objectives.

Jane has a background in psychology and research, having worked in a Community Psychology team, and on a large scale research programme at the University of Kent Tizard Centre.

She has a Masters degree in Evaluating Clinical Quality, and has presented nationally and internationally on clinical audit, quality improvement, and implementing evidence based practice.

Forthcoming events of interest:

Root Cause Analysis: 2 Day Intensive Training Course
Monday 16 - Tuesday 17 March 2015, London

Wednesday 22 - Thursday 23 April 2015, London

Monday 11 - Tuesday 12 May 2015, London

Monday 22 - Tuesday 23 June 2015, London

Thursday 9 - Friday 10 July 2015, London

Clinical Audit Masterclass
Thursday 7 May 2015, London


Download: Jane Moore's Presentation

4 March 2015

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