The principles of the quality improvement – improving quality, measuring quality and setting standards for quality – are embedded in all of the RCP’s work. The key to improving quality is ensuring there are high standards of safety for all patients receiving medical treatment across the NHS.
What we are doing
The RCP produces a broad selection of resources for clinicians, commissioners, managers and trusts to help improve patient safety and drive up quality across the NHS. These include:
- The RCP is managing the National Mortality Case Record Review Programme.
- The RCP's National Early Warning Score (NEWS) is available to download, as is it's Ward rounds in medicine: principles for best practice (jointly produced with the Royal College of Nursing).
- The RCP's Patient Safety Committee, established in 2011 to improve the safety of patients receiving medical care funded by the NHS. It meets three times a year and comprises representatives from the RCP as well as from specialist societies and other royal colleges.
- National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcomes and Death (NCEPOD) helps to improve standards of medical and surgical care for the benefit of the public by reviewing the management of patients, by undertaking confidential surveys and research. They regularly publish reports to help improve standards in patient care.
- You can read these reports by visiting the NCEPOD website.
- Further resources are available through the Health Foundation's Patient Safety Resource Centre.
- Patient safety seminars, which allow individuals from multi-disciplinary backgrounds to hear expert speakers deliver presentations on a number of specialised topics.