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Kat Young NQICAN gives an update from the National Quality Improvement & Clinical Audit Network

Kat Young Chair National Quality Improvement & Clinical Audit Network (NQICAN) Senior QI Lead Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust & Member National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE) gives an update from the National Quality Improvement & Clinical Audit Network on day 2 of the Clinical Audit and Improvement conference. Kat discussed:

  • current projects and developments
  • challenges and successes in local clinical audit

Kat Young’s full presentation is available for download at the end of this page.

In her presentation Kat gave the background to NIQCAN and the role of the regional quality networks she spoke of the importance of getting engaged and giving feedback to HQIP or with with NQICAN to make improvements in audit. Kat then went on to discuss refelctions from her own trust and regional network meetings and talked about:

The changing role for Clinical audit

  • Aligning Quality
  • Quality Improvement
  • Methodology
  • Capability and capacity
  • Measurement
  • Return on Investment
  • Sustainability


Kat spoke of plans to standardise quality improvement training and how it is delivered effectively.  She said it's important to think about doing things differently and engage in change, that redesign processes don't always require extra resource.

Kat Young’ Biography:

Kat has worked in the NHS/health sector since 2003 holding a variety of roles relating to the field of quality, clinical governance and clinical audit/improvement (both at the national and local level).  Kat has worked for organisations including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Royal College of Physicians. 

In April 2013 Kat took up the Chair of the National Quality Improvement and Clinical Audit Network (NQICAN) which links the various regional clinical audit networks and provides a ‘voice’ for those working in quality improvement and clinical audit.  Kat is pleased to have joined the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit and Enquiries (NAGCAE) and will be working to strengthen the links between staff working in clinical audit and quality improvement / NQICAN and NAGCAE.  

 “Quality is impossible without an honest conversation” Deming

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: Kat Young"s Presentation

4 March 2015


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