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Welcome to the June
2013 CPD Online eNewsletter
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Quality: A street map
for the future?
By Dr Nhishanth
Gurunathan, CPD Online Trainee Editor
‘We must have an unwavering, unrelenting,
unprecedented focus on quality.’
Rt Hon Alan Johnson, 30 June 2008 (Commons Select Committee for Health)
As clinicians, I am sure you will be as
familiar as I am with the former Secretary of State for Health’s
vision for the NHS in 2008. Indeed, the drive to improve quality in
health care is as valid now as it was then. As psychiatric services
try to provide a high standard of service in difficult economic
circumstances, ensuring quality and quality improvement only
continues to gain in importance.
Improving quality might be a very intuitive
concept, but how does one define quality? In 2008, the Department
of Health published its new policy, ‘High Quality Care For All:
NHS Next Stage Review Final Report’ (2008). In it its author, Lord Darzi of
Denham, wrote, ‘We need to continue the NHS journey of improvements
and move from an NHS that has rightly focused on increasing the
quantity of care to one that focuses on improving the quality of
care.’ Within this context, he defines quality as care which
is '...clinically effective, personal and safe.' His use
of the word personal has been commonly accepted as referring to the
individual patient experience.
At CPD Online, we recognise the need for
psychiatrists to demonstrate leadership in improving the quality of
their own services. Therefore, we have teamed up with the College
Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI) to develop a learning
programme for psychiatrists and other health care professionals. To
date, we have published two modules in the series of modules
covering quality, standards and clinical audit. Why not try our
Clinical audit in mental health practice, or our module on
Quality indicators and quality improvement methods? You might
just be inspired to think of new ways in which you can improve the
quality of patient care that you provide.
Develop more interactive and engaging
teaching styles by following the handy tips in this module. You may
want to work through the module with your peer group so that you
can share ideas and benefit from each other’s experiences.
GHB: what psychiatrists need to know
Psychiatric aspects of homicide
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The CPD Online Team