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Audit & quality improvement

Audit is a quality improvement cycle that involves measurement of the effectiveness of healthcare against agreed and proven standards for high quality, and taking action to bring practice in line with these standards so as to improve the quality of care and health outcomes.

There is no single definition of quality improvement within healthcare. In general, the term ‘quality improvement’ refers to the systematic use of methods and tools to try to continuously improve quality of care and outcomes for patients.

Audit and QI ePoster Competitions

Abstract submission for this year's ePoster Competitions is now open – deadline 12 noon on Monday 22 July 2024 (for radiology) / Monday 29 July 2024 (for oncology):

What are the benefits for members and fellows?

  • Fellows and members can choose to undertake local re-audits after participating in a national project, with one CPD credit awarded for each hour taken to complete an audit. An additional credit can also be claimed for completing a reflective learning record and a further credit for completing an impact record. Note, within each radiology department, there is usually an Audit Lead who liaises with the RCR.
  • Abstracts of audit and QI ePosters that are accepted for display at Learning Live are published in Clinical Radiology, with first and second prize awarded cheques. Lead authors of ePosters gain three CPD credits, and co-authors one. 
  • A collection of audit templates, with downloadable data collection forms for local use. It provides ideas and methodologies for those undertaking audits for revalidation or planning the annual forward programme. 

Outputs from the RCR

Both the Clinical Radiology Audit and Quality Improvement Committee (CRAQIC) and Clinical Oncology Quality Improvement and Audit Committee (COQIAC):

  • Highlight to stakeholders the contribution the specialty makes to safe, evidence-based and cost-effective patient care. 
  • Contribute to the debate on the future of healthcare through RCR audit and QI publications in peer-reviewed journals for clinical oncology and clinical radiology. 
  • Support Fellows and members to deliver the best care for patients with Audit Library
  • Collaborate with guideline review working parties and contributes to the guideline consultation process, including production of audit templates for all guidelines.
  • Support our doctors to meet the challenges of practice by sharing ideas through RCR Learning content and the audit and QI ePoster competition at Learning Live.
  • Promote QSI in all departments and works with agencies including NELA, GIRFT and ESR/QuADRANT

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