The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has appointed Dr Ian Woolhouse as the clinical director of its audit and accreditation programme.
Dr Woolhouse is a consultant in respiratory and general internal medicine at the University Hospital of Birmingham. He has a strong track record in the use of healthcare data to drive improvement for patients having been clinical lead on the National Lung Cancer Audit (NLCA) since 2009, and director of the Improving Lung Cancer Outcomes Project (ILCOP).
The RCP’s audit and accreditation programme sets standards for areas of clinical care, and measures and evaluates that care to drive quality improvement. It works directly with physicians, clinical teams, hospitals and policy makers to design services that deliver the best possible care for patients.
Discussing the appointment, Dr Woolhouse said:
I am extremely delighted to be appointed as clinical lead for the RCP’s new audit and accreditation programme. The RCP is uniquely placed to set higher standards and is committed to being patient centred as we put patients at the heart of everything we do. The audit and accreditation programme will help deliver the best possible care for patients.