Research, Audit and Quality Improvement - e-Learning for Healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

About the Research, Audit and Quality Improvement programme

e-learning resources for all healthcare professionals involved in research, audit and quality improvement.

The Research, Audit and Quality Improvement programme is relevant to all healthcare professionals involved in research, audit and quality improvement. It introduces the learner to a variety of topics pertinent to clinical research, audit and quality improvement undertaken by the NHS and its academic partners.

The Research and Audit Core Knowledge module is a joint project led by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and developed by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, in collaboration with Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH).

The educational aim of the module is to enable users to interpret the validity and reliability of healthcare data (e.g. clinical trials, reviews, audits) and respond appropriately with respect to their clinical practice. In addition, it provides the first steps for those contemplating a research or audit project. Throughout the module, users requiring more advanced and specialised information are directed towards additional resources available through e-LfH and other sources such as NHS Evidence.

The Perioperative Improvement Science and Management (PRISM-ed) module has been developed and written by anaesthetists and experts in the field. It builds on the QI web resource http://www.prism-ed.com funded by UCLH/NIHR Surgical Outcomes and Research Centre (SouRCe) and the London Academy of Anaesthesia.

 

The PRISM-ed e-learning module, based on the Improvement Science curriculum from the Royal College of Anaesthetists outlines key knowledge and training resources required to deliver quality improvement within healthcare. PRISM-ed is designed to assist with practical implementation through downloadable project toolkits and data templates. Although it is designed for doctors in anaesthetics training, the content is relevant and accessible to anyone in the perioperative multi-disciplinary team or wider health services, who wish to improve the quality of care they provide.

More Information

The sessions within the programme are split into 2 modules:

Module 1 Research and Audit

  1. Epidemiology: Basic Principles
  2. Meta-analysis and Evidence-based Medicine
  3. Audit: Basic Principles
  4. Searching the Journal Literature and Locating Papers
  5. How to Review a Paper
  6. Formulating and Writing a Research Proposal
  7. The Regulatory Environment for Conducting Research within the NHS – Research Governance and Ethics
  8. Designing a Randomized Controlled Trial: Basic Principles
  9. Clinical Studies Part One: Cohort Studies and Measures of Association
  10. Clinical Studies Part Two: Study Design
  11. Systematic Reviews
  12. Qualitative Research: Basic Principles

Module 2 Perioperative Improvement Science and Management (PRISM-ed)

  1. Introduction to Improvement Science
  2. Systems
  3. Process
  4. Learning from Industry and other improvement models
  5. Measurement for QI
  6. Human Factors
  7. Reliability and Sustainability
  8. Psychology of Improvement

Executive Team

  • Alan Ryan

    National Programme Director, e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Ed Hammond FRCA

    Joint Clinical Project Lead
  • Andrew McIndoe FRCA

    Andrew McIndoe FRCA

    Joint Clinical Project Lead
  • Russell Ampofo

    Director of Education, Training and Examinations RCoA
  • Nick Cleary

    Nick Cleary

    Project Manager, e-Learning for Healthcare

Project Team

  • Ed Hammond FRCA

    Joint Clinical Project Lead
  • Andrew McIndoe FRCA

    Andrew McIndoe FRCA

    Joint Clinical Project Lead
  • Nick Cleary

    Nick Cleary

    Project Manager, e-Learning for Healthcare

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Research, Audit and Quality Improvement programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

How to license

In the event that you do not qualify for free access to the Research, Audit and Quality Improvement programme, you are able to license access through eIntegrity, a community-interest company established for this purpose.

For more information on the licensing options available for the Research, Audit and Quality Improvement programme, please visit the eIntegrity website.

Access for NHS healthcare staff in England

The Research, Audit and Quality Improvement programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

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