In keeping with our committment to improving healthcare and the health of the population, we lead on and collaborate with partners on a range of projects and programmes of activities to support physicians, promote patient-centred care, and improve standards of clinical practice and public health.

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2009 Census - key findings
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2010 Census specialty reports and commentaries
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2010 Census summary
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14 December 2011
2011 Census specialty reports and commentaries
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2011 Census summary
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2012 Census specialty reports and commentaries
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2012 Census summary
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A clinician’s guide to record standards – part 1: why standardise the structure and content of medical records?
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A clinician’s guide to record standards – part 2: standards for the structure and content of medical records and communications when patients are admitted to hospital
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About AHA UK
The Alcohol Health Alliance UK brings together organisations whose mission is to reduce the damage caused to health by alcohol misuse. Members include medical bodies, charities and alcohol health campaigners. more >>
Academic training for physicians 2010
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Accreditation services
The Royal College of Physicians offers a range of accreditation services, with the aim of improving the quality, safety and outcomes of healthcare, the patient experience and service delivery. Our Accredition unit also manages certification and quality assurance processes for trainees and practitioners. more >>
Action on obesity: Comprehensive care for all
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Acute care toolkit 1: handover
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1 May 2011
Acute care toolkit 2: high-quality acute care
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Acute care toolkit 3: acute medical care for frail older people
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Acute care toolkit 4: delivering a 12-hour, 7-day consultant presence on the acute medical unit
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Acute care toolkit 5: Teaching on the acute medical unit
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Acute care toolkit 6: The medical patient at risk
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Acute care toolkit 7: Acute oncology on the acute medical unit
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Acute care toolkit 8: The medical registrar on call: Maximising clinical experience, training and patient care
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Acute care toolkits
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Acute medicine evaluation
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Admission records
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Advance care planning
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1 February 2009
Advisory Appointments Committees (AAC)
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Alcohol and cancer: a report from the Alcohol Health Alliance UK
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Alcohol dependence and withdrawal in the acute hospital
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23 January 2013
Alcohol Health Alliance UK
The Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA) UK brings together organisations whose mission is to reduce the damage caused to health by alcohol misuse. Members include medical bodies, charities and alcohol health campaigners. more >>
Ambulance records
NHS England sponsored a project commissioned through the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) to develop a national professional standard for the structure and content of the clinical records of ambulance patients. The project was led by the ambulance services and relevant professional bodies, supported by the Health Informatics Unit (HIU) of the RCP, and the HSCIC. more >>
Anaphylaxis
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1 April 2009
Antidepressant medication
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1 September 2005
Assessing and improving uptake of local COPD specialist services – a pilot study
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Asthma
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1 April 2012
Audit tool for RCP generic record-keeping standards: report
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Cancer patients in crisis: responding to urgent needs
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Care closer to home
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Chronic kidney disease
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1 April 2006
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Audit 2008
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Chronic spinal cord injury
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1 February 2008
Clinical Commissioning Hub
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Clinical Commissioning stakeholder event October 2012: presentations and papers
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Clinical effectiveness Forum
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Commissioning stroke services
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Completion of the Statement of Fitness for Work concise guideline
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1 May 2012
Consultant to consultant team handover record keeping standards: template
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Consultation response to Future Forum phase 2 – education and training - October 2011
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Consultation response to the Health Select Committee inquiry on public health - June 2011
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Contributions
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Delirium
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1 June 2006
Depression detection and management of staff on long term sickness audit
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Depression Screening Audit 2008
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Dermatitis guideline
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Developing a Concise Guideline
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Developing standards for health and social care record
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Developing standards for health and social care records: report of the Joint Working Group
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Developing standards for the structure and content of health records: Workshop report
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E-learning modules for hospital record keeping: more information – guide
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E-learning modules on record keeping
E-learning modules on record-keeping standards have been developed by the Health Informatics Unit (HIU); they focus on generic health record-keeping standards, and standards for the hospital admission clerking, inpatient handover and hospital discharge. more >>
E-learning resources for clinical audit
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Easy Access Versions - patient-friendly versions of the SINAP previous public results
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Editorial board
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Editorial Principles for the development of record standards
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Emergency oxygen use in adult patients
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1 August 2011
Emerging themes from the Future Hospital Commission October 2012
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Engaging clinicians in improving data quality in the NHS: iLab project summary
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Equality and Diversity Monitoring Committee – terms of reference
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European Working Time Directive (EWTD)
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Evidence on the quality of medical note keeping: guidance for use at appraisal and revalidation
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Evidence-based indications for the use of PET-CT in the UK 2012
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Evidence-based indications for the use of PET-CT in the UK 2013
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Falling standards, broken promises
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29 November 2011
Falls prevention resources
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FallSafe
The FallSafe project is about quality improvement. It focused on prevention and management of falls in clinical hospital wards in Southern England SHA. The project was led by the RCP, and overseen by key stakeholders including the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), Royal College of Nursing (RCN), British Geriatrics Society (BGS), NHS South of England, and the patient support group Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). more >>
Familial Hypercholesterolemia Register and Audit
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Fifty years since smoking and health
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6 March 2012
Future Hospital Commission
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Future Hospital Commission Scoping Paper
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Future Hospital Commission stakeholder event October 2012: presentations and papers
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Future Hospital Journal
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Future hospital: caring for medical patients - full report
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Generic medical record keeping standards
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Generic multidisciplinary clinical record keeping standards: audit tool
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Generic standards for clinical records
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Giant cell arteritis
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1 August 2010
Guidance for nuclear medicine specialists contributing to multidisciplinary team meetings and clinico-pathological conferences
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Guidance on collaboration between healthcare professionals and the pharmaceutical industry
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Handover records
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Harveian Oration 2011
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Harveian Oration 2013
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Health reforms briefing: competition and monitor, September 2011
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Health reforms briefing: education, training and workforce issues, September 2011
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Health reforms briefing: efficiency savings and NHS budget, September 2011
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Health reforms briefing: new health service structures, April 2013
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Health reforms briefing: organisation of hospital services, September 2011
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Health reforms briefing: proposed health service structures, September 2011
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Health reforms briefing: public health, September 2011
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Health reforms briefing: quality improvement, September 2011
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Health reforms briefing: reconfiguration and service failure, September 2011
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Health reforms briefing: specialist involvement in commissioning, September 2011
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Health reforms: competition, choice and regulation, September 2011
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Healthcare record standards
The latest version of the healthcare record standards have been endorsed as fit for purpose for the whole medical profession by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC). Standards for admission, handover, discharge, outpatient and referral records and communications are available for free and ready to use now to develop and implement electronic health and social care records. more >>
Hospital activity data guide for clinicians: England
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Hospital activity data guide for clinicians: Wales
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Hospital activity data query methodology for NHS information analysts: guide
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Hospital admission record keeping standards: audit tool
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Hospital admission record keeping standards: template
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Hospital discharge communications record keeping standards: template
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Hospital discharge record keeping standards: audit tool
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Hospital discharge records
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Hospital episode statistics for physicians guide
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Hospital workforce: fit for the future?
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Hospitals on the edge? The time for action
All hospital inpatients deserve to receive safe, high-quality, sustainable care centred around their needs and delivered in an appropriate setting by respectful, compassionate, expert health professionals. Yet it is increasingly clear that our hospitals are struggling to cope with the challenge of an ageing population and increasing hospital admissions. more >>
How doctors can close the gap
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10 June 2010
How to write good medical notes: guide
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HWDU national quality improvement programme
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Hypertension
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1 December 2007
Implementing NICE guidance for the workplace
This project supports the implementation of NICE public health guidance for the workplace by the NHS. This fits into a programme of activities run by the Health and Work Development unit in collaboration with NHS trusts. The overarching aim of these activities is to improve the health, wellbeing, effectiveness and productivity of the NHS workforce and ultimately the care provided to patients. more >>
Improving clinical coding
The Health Informatics Unit (HIU) conducted a programme of work that focussed on improving clinical coding, and clinicians’ understanding of analyses of hospital activity data and Hospital Episode Statistics (HES). more >>
Improving clinical records and clinical coding together: report
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Improving end-of-life care: professional development for physicians
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Improving Lung Cancer Outcomes Project - ILCOP
The Improving Lung Cancer Outcomes Project (ILCOP) brought together multi-disciplinary healthcare teams from different NHS Trusts to share best practice in diagnosing, treating and supporting patients with lung cancer, to ensure improvements in survival and quality of life. more >>
Improving Quality in Allergy Services (IQAS) Registration Scheme
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Infected food handlers guideline
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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) audit
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Inflammatory bowel disease programme
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Information for families and close friends of people in a vegetative or minimally conscious state
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Information laboratory (iLab) project evaluation report
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Information on the quality of medical note keeping to support appraisal and revalidation: report
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Initial statement on the health and social care bill - January 2011
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JSC for Nuclear Medicine – terms of reference
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Keeping control
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29 November 2011
Latex allergy guideline
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Learning to Make a Difference (LTMD)
Learning to Make a Difference is all about empowering junior doctors to learn and develop skills in quality improvement and put these new skills into practice to make a real difference to their patient care. Find information and examples on how to get quality improvement projects started and keep going until the project is completed. more >>
Long term neurological conditions
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1 March 2008
Map of Medicine
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Medical record content structure standards for hospital practice: admission, handover and discharge records
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Medical student and foundation year representatives on the editorial board of Clinical Medicine
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Melanoma of the skin
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1 September 2007
Myocardial Ischaemia National Audit Project (MINAP)
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N=1 Why people matter in medicines
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National Audit of Continence Care (NACC)
The National Audit of Continence Care is currently closed. This website contains information of previous audit cycles and other work for information. The National Audit of Continence Care is a highly successful and influential audit project building on the National Audit of Continence Care for Older People which demonstrated the variability of care and service delivery across the country. It subsequently showed the utility of clinical audit in improving continence care. more >>
National Audit of Dementia (Care in General Hospitals)
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National Audit of Falls and Bone Health in Older People
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National audit of falls and bone health in older people
The national audit of falls and bone health was a programme of work which examined the organisation and commissioning of services provided to older people for falls prevention and bone health, the clinical care delivered to people that have fallen and fractured a bone and patient’s experiences of fall services. more >>
National audit of record keeping
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National audit of record keeping by NHS occupational health services
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National audit of services for people with multiple sclerosis
The national audit of services for people with multiple sclerosis is a clinically-led audit of the organisation, resourcing and performance of NHS services for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in England and Wales, funded by the Royal College of Physicians and the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. The primary goal is to improve care for all people with multiple sclerosis. more >>
National audit of services for people with multiple sclerosis: 2011 reports
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National audit of services for people with multiple sclerosis: archived 2008 reports
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National Care of the Dying Audit of Hospitals
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National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Audit Programme
The new national Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) audit programme for England and Wales brings together primary care, secondary care, pulmonary rehabilitation and patient experience. It comprises a number of ambitious audit workstreams, combined with an extensive partnership approach and comprehensive multidisciplinary, collaborative working. more >>
National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Resources and Outcomes Project (NCROP)
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National clinical audit on the management of back pain
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National Clinical Guideline Centre (NCGC)
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National clinical guideline for stroke
The Royal College of Physicians National clinical guideline for stroke is an evidence based guideline updated every four years that gives guidance to clinicians in the field of stroke care. The draft for the fourth edition is now out to public consultation. more >>
National Comparative Blood Transfusion audit
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National Early Warning Score (NEWS)
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National Lung Cancer Audit
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National occupational health client experience survey
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National Review of Asthma Deaths
The National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD), run by a consortium of asthma professional and patient bodies, led by the Royal College of Physicians, will look into the circumstances surrounding deaths from asthma from 1 February 2012 to 30 January 2013. The National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) on behalf of NHS England, NHS Wales, the Health and Social Care division of the Scottish government, the Department of Health, and the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS). more >>
National Sentinel Stroke Audit
The National Sentinel Stroke Audit (NSSA) monitored the rate of progress in stroke care and services in England, Wales and Northern Ireland on a two year cycle from 1998 until 2010. It consisted of a clinical component which measured the quality of stroke care and an organisational componenet which measured the quality of stroke service organisation. The NSSA has been replaced by the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP). more >>
National Sentinel Stroke Audit - resources
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New Consultants Committee – minutes
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New Consultants Committee – terms of reference
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NICE public health guidance for the workplace organisational audit
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Non-invasive ventilation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
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1 October 2008
Occupational contact dermatitis
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1 October 2010
Out of hours handover record keeping standards: template
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Out of Programme Experience (OOPE)
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Outpatient records
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Pain: Assessment of pain in older people
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1 October 2007
Pain: Complex regional pain syndrome
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1 December 2011
Physical and shift work in pregnancy guideline
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Pocket RCP: Latest updates on the move
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Policy positions
The Alcohol Health Alliance UK has developed evidence-based positions on a range of alcohol policy issues. more >>
Policy standards for record keeping
The Health Informatics Unit (HIU) makes major contributions to the development and implementation of national policy for fully inter-operable, clinically relevant patient focussed records to support high quality clinical care, research and patient empowerment, which are major goals for the NHS. more >>
Polymyalgia rheumatica
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1 June 2010
Pregnancy: occupational aspects of management
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1 February 2013
Primary antibody deficiencies
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1 December 2009
Protecting your patient and protecting yourself booklet
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RCP briefing on government’s response to the Future Forum - June 2011
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RCP consultation response Future Forum, phase two: Public Health - October 2011
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RCP consultation response liberating the NHS: local democratic legitimacy in healthcare
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RCP consultation response liberating the NHS: regulating healthcare providers - October 2010
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RCP consultation response on an information revolution - January 2011
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RCP consultation response on Greater Choice and Control - January 2011
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RCP consultation response on NHS constitution and whistleblowing - January 2011
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RCP consultation response to equity and excellence: liberating the NHS
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RCP consultation response to Future Forum, phase two: Information - October 2011
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RCP consultation response to Future Forum, phase two: Integrated care - November 2011
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RCP consultation response to healthy lives, healthy people: our strategy for public health - March 2011
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RCP consultation response to liberating the NHS: commissioning for patients - October 2010
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RCP consultation response to liberating the NHS: developing the healthcare workforce
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RCP consultation response to liberating the NHS: transparency in outcomes - October 2010
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RCP Council – terms of reference
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RCP insight - A guide to becoming a consultant for the first time
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RCP insight - Continuing learning on foundation
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RCP insight - How to apply to a training post
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RCP insight - How to choose a medical specialty
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RCP insight - How to decide on your medical elective
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RCP insight - How to prepare for an interview
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RCP insight - Surviving your first night shift
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RCP insight - Taking a split medical elective
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RCP insight - Top ten tips: personal development plans
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RCP insight - Top ten tips: setting up a local new consultants group
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RCP parliamentary briefing ahead of report stage in the House of Lords of the Health and Social Care bill
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RCP Parliamentary briefing care bill – Committee stage part three
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18 December 2013
RCP Parliamentary briefing care bill – Committee stage part two
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17 December 2013
RCP Parliamentary briefing care bill – second reading 21 May 2013
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15 December 2013
RCP Parliamentary briefing on the health and social care bill, House of Lords committee stage - October 2011
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RCP Parliamentary briefing: Care Bill – Commons second reading
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19 December 2013
RCP Parliamentary briefing: second reading of the health and social care bill in the House of Commons - February 2011
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RCP Parliamentary briefing: second reading of the health and social care bill in the House of Lords - October 2011
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RCP Parliamentary briefing: third reading of the health and social care bill in the House of Commons - September 2011
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RCP perspective – Medical students on their careers so far
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RCP reponse to BRC Front of Pack labelling consultation - Feb 2013
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RCP response HSC Emergency services and emergency care inquiry - May 2013
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RCP response to Care Quality Commission consultation on changes to the way it inspects, regulates and monitors care services
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RCP response to CfWI Shape of the medical workforce April 2012
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RCP response to consultation on NHS hospital data and datasets
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RCP response to Inquiry on HSC Act implementation
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RCP response to the Shape of Training review consultation
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RCP working party report on the use of exercise in the treatment and management of disease
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RCP written evidence to the Health and Social Care Bill Committee
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RCP written evidence to the Health and Social Care Bill Committee - March 2011
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RCP written evidence to the Health Select Committee: commissioning follow-up inquiry- February 2011
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Referral records
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Research and Academic Medicine Committee – minutes
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Research and Academic Medicine Committee – terms of reference
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Resources
The Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA) UK provides expert advice on alcohol-related health harms and regularly contributes to government consultations and inquiries. more >>
Resources for providing young adult and adolescent healthcare
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Revalidation and the quality of medical note keeping
Guidance for the use of evidence of the quality of medical note-keeping for consultant revalidation has been developed by the Health Informatics Unit (HIU). It was developed with wide consultation including online questionnaires and clinician workshops. more >>
Risk management
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Sample analyses of hospital activity data for consultants: tool
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Shared decision making event
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SINAP (Stroke Improvement National Audit Programme)
The Stroke Improvement National Audit Programme (SINAP) is a national clinical audit, which collected information from hospitals about stroke patient care in the first three days in hospital. SINAP was run by the RCP Stroke programme on behalf of the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party (ICSWP) and commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP). Data submission for SINAP has now ended. The new stroke audit, the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP), is now the single source of stroke data nationally. more >>
Smoking and health (1962)
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SSNAP (Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme)
The Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) is a new programme of work which aims to improve the quality of stroke care by auditing stroke services against evidence based standards. SSNAP will build on the work of the National Sentinel Stroke Audit (NSSA) and the Stroke Improvement National Audit Programme (SINAP). more >>
Staff and Associate Specialists Steering Group - minutes
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Staff and Associate Specialists Steering Group – terms of reference
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Staff health improvement project
This project aims to facilitate faster implementation of NICE public health guidance relevant to the workplace by NHS trusts. The project is funded by the Department of Health and has two phases: more >>
Standards for admission, handover, discharge, outpatient and referral records
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Standards for admission, handover, discharge, outpatient and referral – technical annex
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Standards for core clinical information
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Standards for medication and medical device records – technical annex
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Standards for outpatient records and communications
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Standards for referral letters
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Standards for the clinical structure and content of patient records
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Steering Group of General Practitioners – terms of reference
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Stroke guidelines
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Stroke Improvement National Audit Programme (SINAP)
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Stroke Programme
The Stroke Programme at the Royal College of Physicians has been at the forefront of quality improvement programmes in stroke since 1996. more >>
Structure and content of medical notes
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Survey of the career progression of holders of a medical certificate of completion of training, 2009–12
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Survey of the career progression of holders of a medical certificate of completion of training, 2009–13
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Teams without Walls - The value of medical innovation and leadership
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23 April 2008
Testing for HIV
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1 October 2009
The Concise Guideline Series - Further information
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The Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP) 2013
The Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP) is a national clinical audit run by the Royal College of Physicians designed to audit the care that patients with fragility fractures and inpatient falls receive in hospital and to facilitate quality improvement initiatives. more >>
The future of urgent and emergency care
How can the health service cope with rising demand for urgent and emergency care and ensure patient needs are met? more >>
The medical registrar: Empowering the unsung heroes of patient care
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The National Audit of Continence Care
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The RCP Information Laboratory (iLab): Breaking the cycle of poor data quality
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The young adult and adolescent initiative
The young adult and adolescent initiative aims to improve healthcare outcomes for patients in the 16-24 year age group. more >>
Top ten tips for coding: a guide for clinical staff
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Top ten tips series
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Trainees Committee – List of representatives
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Transient ischaemic attack
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1 April 2010
UK Carotid Interventions Audit
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Upper gastrointestinal bleeding toolkit
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Upper limb disorders guideline
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Urgent and emergency care: a prescription for the future
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Varicella zoster virus guideline
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Ward rounds in medicine: principles for best practice
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Written evidence to Health Select Committee inquiry on education, training and workforce planning - December 2011
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Written evidence to the Health Select Committee public expenditure inquiry
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Future Hospital Commission
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SSNAP (Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme)
The Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP) is a new programme of work which aims to improve the quality of stroke care by auditing stroke services against evidence based standards. SSNAP will build on the work of the National Sentinel Stroke Audit (NSSA) and the Stroke Improvement National Audit Programme (SINAP). more >>
FallSafe
The FallSafe project is about quality improvement. It focused on prevention and management of falls in clinical hospital wards in Southern England SHA. The project was led by the RCP, and overseen by key stakeholders including the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA), Royal College of Nursing (RCN), British Geriatrics Society (BGS), NHS South of England, and the patient support group Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA). more >>
SINAP (Stroke Improvement National Audit Programme)
The Stroke Improvement National Audit Programme (SINAP) is a national clinical audit, which collected information from hospitals about stroke patient care in the first three days in hospital. SINAP was run by the RCP Stroke programme on behalf of the Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party (ICSWP) and commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP). Data submission for SINAP has now ended. The new stroke audit, the Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP), is now the single source of stroke data nationally. more >>
Hospitals on the edge? The time for action
All hospital inpatients deserve to receive safe, high-quality, sustainable care centred around their needs and delivered in an appropriate setting by respectful, compassionate, expert health professionals. Yet it is increasingly clear that our hospitals are struggling to cope with the challenge of an ageing population and increasing hospital admissions. more >>
National Review of Asthma Deaths
The National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD), run by a consortium of asthma professional and patient bodies, led by the Royal College of Physicians, will look into the circumstances surrounding deaths from asthma from 1 February 2012 to 30 January 2013. The National Review of Asthma Deaths (NRAD) is commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) on behalf of NHS England, NHS Wales, the Health and Social Care division of the Scottish government, the Department of Health, and the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS). more >>
Alcohol Health Alliance UK
The Alcohol Health Alliance (AHA) UK brings together organisations whose mission is to reduce the damage caused to health by alcohol misuse. Members include medical bodies, charities and alcohol health campaigners. more >>
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Ambulance records
NHS England sponsored a project commissioned through the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) to develop a national professional standard for the structure and content of the clinical records of ambulance patients. The project was led by the ambulance services and relevant professional bodies, supported by the Health Informatics Unit (HIU) of the RCP, and the HSCIC.
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Updated: 10 April 2014
Published by: Health Informatics Unit
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) audit
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Updated: 21 November 2013
Published by: Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit
National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Audit Programme
The new national Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) audit programme for England and Wales brings together primary care, secondary care, pulmonary rehabilitation and patient experience. It comprises a number of ambitious audit workstreams, combined with an extensive partnership approach and comprehensive multidisciplinary, collaborative working.
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Updated: 28 March 2014
Published by: Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit
Inflammatory bowel disease programme
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Updated: 29 January 2014
Commissioning stroke services
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Updated: 20 June 2013
Published by: Chief Executive’s Office
The Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP) 2013
The Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP) is a national clinical audit run by the Royal College of Physicians designed to audit the care that patients with fragility fractures and inpatient falls receive in hospital and to facilitate quality improvement initiatives.
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Updated: 2 April 2014
Published by: Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit
The future of urgent and emergency care
How can the health service cope with rising demand for urgent and emergency care and ensure patient needs are met?
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Updated: 17 July 2013
Published by: Policy Team