Current QI Projects

QI helps GPs to make the most of their systems, organisations, talents and expertise to deliver better outcomes for patients.. Below is a list of QI approaches being piloted or fully delivered in practice. We encourage GPs to either reproduce these themes within their practices or apply the methodologies to other clinical areas.

Acute Kidney Injury

  • Clinical Champion: Dr Tom Blakeman

Working with Dr Tom Blakeman (The National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (NIHR CLAHRC), Greater Manchester), Think Kidneys; and Dr Edward Kingdon from the Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network (KSS AHSN) this project will build on the work of the 2013 – 2016 RCGP Clinical Priority in Kidney Care to improve the recognition of and response to Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) in primary care.

Inflammatory Arthritis

  • Clinical Champion: Dr Daniel Murphy 

This project, run in partnership with the British Society for Rheumatology (BSR) and other stakeholders, will see to improve the lives of people with inflammatory arthritis by reducing delays to treatment and optimising shared care pathways and drug safety.  

View our Inflammatory Arthritis Toolkit 

Good Practice Safeguarding

  • Clinical Champion: Dr Joy Shacklock 

There is currently no recognised national standard for GP adult safeguarding training at any level. The RCGP continues to address this with proactive safeguarding programmes and outputs, continuing this work through updating our existing safeguarding resources and delivering educational events in both adult and child safeguarding arenas.

View our Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Harm Toolkit

Building Capability for Quality Improvement

  • Clinical Champion: Dr Bill Taylor

Working with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, we are conducting focus groups, interviews and surveys to enable us to capture what QI work is currently being conducted in general practice across the UK. The findings from these activities will be used by the RCGP with government agencies and departments to provide training and support for GPs and general practice staff.

Clinical Practice Research Datalink

The Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) is a governmental, not-for-profit research service that has provided anonymised primary care records for public health research since 1987. This collaboration between CPRD and RCGP started in 2015 to meet the information needs for GPs to carry out QI. The Research and Surveillance Centre (RSC) has joined forces with the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) in an exciting project that aims to support and facilitate QI via data reports tailored to individual practice populations.

View the CPRD website for more information including an example report, created using sample data

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