In 2009, SIGN Council established a subgroup to look at the needs of healthcare professionals in training and ways in which SIGN could support these. The group exists to:
Current membership of the core group is:
John Kinsella Chair, SIGN
Lisa Conway SpR, Psychiatry, Forth Valley
Katherine Farquhar Undergraduate Medical Student, Glasgow
Aisha Ghaus Undergraduate Medical Student, Glasgow
Julie Gray GP ST1, Edinburgh
John McQueen Undergraduate dental student, Glasgow
Nora O’ Murchu StR Paediatric Dentistry, Glasgow
George Ramsay ST4 General Surgery, Aberdeen
Lydia Simpson StR Obs &Gyn
Eleanor Watson StR GI, Edinburgh
Ben Wiffen Trainee psychologist, Glasgow
With support from the SIGN Executive.
There are two main areas of current activity:
This work complements the priority recently given by SIGN to the dissemination and implementation of their guidelines. It is hoped that making guidelines accessible and relevant to healthcare professionals in training may facilitate this. We have, therefore, designed audit tools which may be helpful towards both objectives.
Survey of Health Professionals in Training awareness of SIGN
SIGN Guidelines and Audit – tools for junior medical staff
SIGN guidelines provide an ideal framework for audit. They define current evidence based practice, against which local practice may be compared and measured. Practice can then be adjusted and re-audited to test for improvement. Through implementation of PDSA methodology (Plan-Do-Study-Act), whereby small samples of patients are audited frequently, practice may quickly be improved and compliance with the guideline achieved. There is, therefore, potential benefit for both the healthcare professional in training, and their department.
Knowing where to start can be a problem, so we have devised a series of audit tools which should allow interested individuals to audit their local practice.
A poster describing the work of the group was presented at SIGN’s 20th anniversary event on 4 November 2013 with the title The SIGN Healthcare Professionals in Training (HPiT) Group: What, Who, Why?
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