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Quality Improvement

In the Trust, Quality Improvement is brought about through the Research and Clinical Audit departments which form the Clinical Effectiveness team.  Put simply, clinical effectiveness is about doing the “right thing at the right time for the right patient” and is concerned with demonstrating improvements in quality and performance.

"The application of the best knowledge, derived from research, clinical experience and patient preferences to achieve optimum processes and outcomes of care for patients. The process involves a framework of informing, changing and monitoring practice."  - Department of Health, 1996.

Clinical effectiveness is an essential component of the Clinical Governance agenda to improve and assure quality and is about improving patients’ total experience of their healthcare. The aim is to make clinical practice more explicitly evidence based with the goal of improving the quality of patient care and service delivery.

Research and Development covers internal and external research programmes and Clinical Audit ensures the quality of clinical processes on a local, regional and national basis.

Clinical Audit

"A quality improvement process that seeks to improve patient care and outcomes through systematic review of care against explicit criteria and the implementation of change. Aspects of the structure, processes, and outcomes of care are selected and systematically evaluated against explicit criteria. Where indicated, changes are implemented at an individual, team, or service level and further monitoring is used to confirm improvement in healthcare delivery."  - Principles for Best Practice in Clinical Audit, National Institute for Clinical Excellence, 2002.

Contact Point

Clinical Audit Office 
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
Leighton Hospital 
Middlewich Road 
CW1 4QJ 

01270 612033

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