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Audit day at Southend encourages delivery of better care

27 January 2016

Health Care

Sharing learning to improve the experience of outcomes of patients is central to Southend Hospital’s annual research and audit open day.

The day is a chance for clinical teams from across the trust to discuss the outcomes of research and audit projects through presentations and discussion sessions with colleagues.

Professor Bhaskar Dasgupta, clinical director for research and development and chairman of the research & audit open day, said: "Southend remains excellent in its high quality research and audit studies, producing a large number of publications in peer-reviewed, high impact medical journals. This culture leads to better training and the Research & Audit Open Day helps trainees to develop themselves by taking part in academic activities."

Nick Irwin, clinical audit manager, said: "Clinical audit is a process of improving quality that looks at the care hospitals provide against national guidelines and standards. It is one of many tools used by NHS trusts to improve patient experience, care and safety. Other systems include seeking and acting on patient feedback and learning from episodes where care might have failed to reach the high standards that our patients have a right to expect."

Prizes and certificates were awarded to staff that were judged to have produced and presented the best audits. This year's prize winners included Sarah Non, registered nurse critical care; Dr Will Selway, speciality registrar colorectal services; Dr Nicolae Bostan, clinical fellow colorectal services; Dr Candice Cheung, specialty registrar obstetrics & gynaecology and Dr Kuttikkate Bejoy and Dr Kirsty Matthews, speciality anaesthetics doctors.

Image (l-r): Mr Bandipalyam  Praveen, consultant colorectal surgeon, Tracy Turner, head of clinical effectiveness, Dr Kuttikkate Bejoy, speciality doctor anaesthetics and prize winner, Professor Bhaskar Dasgupta, clinical director for research and development, Dr Candice Cheung, specialty registrar in obstetrics & gynaecology and prize winner, Nick Irwin, clinical audit manager, Trish Baynton, clinical audit facilitator.