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New RCGP tool to support quality improvement activities

The RCGP has developed a new online tool to help GPs and practice staff carry out quality improvement activities.

The tool called QI Ready aims to help practices improve efficiency by identifying what works well in day-to-day practice and where useful changes can be made.

QI Ready involves an online learning network, which has access to a case study database of easy to replicate successful examples of quality improvement, resources to support practices and an interactive discussion forum.

The service also provides a self-accreditation system for GPs, which contains quality improvement standards for GPs to measure themselves against that can contribute towards credits for appraisal and revalidation. A series of e-learning modules will also be available, providing tips for success, common pitfalls and advice on how to involve the whole practice team in quality improvement.

Access to the self-accreditation system is free to RCGP members and costs £75 for non-members. It

RCGP clinical lead for QI Ready Dr Mike Holmes said: ‘QI Ready will encourage quality improvement at a practice level, support GPs through appraisal and revalidation, and get people thinking about simple initiatives that can really make a difference for patients.

‘We hope QI Ready will be helpful to all GPs, at all stages of their career and irrespective of where they are on the quality spectrum, as well as other members of the wider practice team."

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