Quality Improvement is a formal approach to the analysis of performance and systematic efforts to improve it.
Achieving and maintaining excellence in health care demands provision of safe and high quality medical services.
The clinician strives to know that they are offering high quality care when it comes to the treatments and the interventions that are undertaken.
Additionally medical professionals are committed to providing the highest quality care in patient management. This means ensuring standards are maintained and that procedures are adhered to.
Above all, from the perspective of a patient, knowing the health service provider prioritises safety and best practice is fundamental.
St Mark’s Centre for Safety and Quality
Much of the research at the St Mark’s Centre for Safety and Quality is aimed at utilizing ‘big data’ data sets to investigate surgical performance.
Specific research streams for the Centre for Safety and Quality include
- An international comparison of surgical performance
- A national investigation into survival after colorectal surgery
- A national investigation into management of complications following colorectal surgery
- An analysis of access to surgery, health outcomes after and determining how quality measurement in surgery might lead to quality improvements