Research, Audit and QI Opportunities
Southend University Hospital is aware of the importance of research, audits and QI projects and encourages incoming foundation doctors to be involved.
Sign off guidelines for 2016/17 required evidence of
participation in systems of quality assurance and quality
F1 doctors should take part in systems of quality assurance and
quality improvement in their clinical work and training.
The Curriculum requires that F2 doctors manage, analyse and
present at least one quality improvement project and use the
results to improve patient care.
Quality Improvement (QI) is a key initiative being driven by the
Trust, encouraging all staff to look for opportunities to enhance
our service, the patient experience, safety, costs, efficiency and
to change the mindset from 'point in time' audit responses to
continuous improvement. Sharing projects and ideas across an
accessible platform allows progression across multiple departments
- and potentially across the NHS. And the completion of a
successful project can result in publication.
The Research Department is based in the Education Centre; the
ground floor office is the management & coordination centre for
research throughout the Trust.
Southend University Hospital is part of the Essex &
Hertfordshire Comprehensive Local Research Network (CLRN). We have
a large and varied portfolio of research with our main areas of
activity being cancer, rheumatology, stroke, critical care and
We are the lead for the South Essex Cancer Research Network
(SECRN) and a participating hospital in the Thames Stroke and North
East London Diabetes Research Networks.
The Education Centre hosts an Annual Research and Audit open day
during December (with invitations for submissions requested from
September each year). This is an established, but unique event at
Southend Hospital and is a great opportunity for medical, nursing
and allied health professional staff from all specialties across
the Trust, who might not normally get to engage or work with each
other, to spend half a day at an event that encourages discussion,
research and the sharing of learning to improve patient care. The
presentation day is preceded by posters of audits being displayed
in the Education Centre for staff to view.
This year, it will be held on Tuesday 12 December.
In 2016, 19 of our Foundation Doctors were co-authors in posters
presented at this event.