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SIGN health professionals in training group – who, what, why?

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:

  • help SIGN Council maintain a relevance to junior clinical staff in its work programme, and
  • provide healthcare professionals in training with educational resources for evidence based medicine.

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:

  • helping healthcare professionals in training to acquire skills for audit, which is often an essential component of their educational contract
  • working alongside NHS Education Scotland (NES) to provide educational modules within DOTS from 2011.

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

    2012 Survey of Junior Doctors in Training (PDF)

    2013 Survey of Psychologists (PDF)

    2014 Survey of undergraduate dental students (PDF)

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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