Quality Improvement for SAS Doctors and Dentists
What benefits does Quality Improvement offer?
For the NHS:
For the SAS doctor/dentist:
Choosing a project
Start small and simple – use a PDSA cycle to guide you (more of that later)
Choose a common procedure – faster data collection, quicker results
A problem that affects you, your patients and your team (more likely to have cooperation from colleagues if they can easily see the value)
Something that matters to you (you will be more motivated to continue with it)
How to start
Connect with your local QI department
Most hospitals will have their own QI department. They will usually help you to create forms/analyse date/refine your idea. Contact them at the outset – it could save you a lot of time and effort!
Suggested Ideas & Themes for Projects
Examples of Completed Projects
Audit of appropriate use of outpatient department appointments for routine biopsy results
To avoid all unnecessary review appointments following routine biopsy investigations
To determine how many patients were discharged following biopsy
To determine how many unnecessary return review appointments were booked
To investigate the potential for a telephone review clinic
A retrospective audit examining outpatient clinics cancelled due to COVID-19 was carried out. The total number of appointments was recorded for each clinic. Patient’s notes were examined to determine their outcome following telephone biopsy results. The number of discharged patients was recorded for each clinic
The introduction of a Core Trainee led telephone follow up clinic to delivery biopsy results for patients to be discharged.
The Introduction of the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist to Outpatient Sedation in an Outpatient Surgery Unit, An Improvement Project.
To ensure 100% compliance with the modified WHO Surgical Safety Checklist in operating lists in the outpatient department (OD)
Outcome or Action Plan
A working group was created with representation from the whole team. Quality Improvement (QI) methodology was utilised and the WHO checklist was reviewed, tested and modified for suitability. An introductory session was held and included staff training. The percentage of lists using the modified checklist in the OD was measured. Only lists where the checklist was used for all patients are recorded as positive. Run charts were used to display improvements to the hospital. As per the NPSA and the SDCEP sedation guidance document a log of adverse events, outcomes or never events was instated.
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