- Should the kennel cough vaccine be given during COVID-19?
- Can cats transfer COVID-19 to other animals, and is there a risk of zoonosis
- What's the difference between FCoV and COVID-19?
- What can we clean a patient with, and will this kill COVID-19?
- Does ultraviolet light actually kill COVID-19?
- Will good weather affect infection rates of COVID-19?
- When should we test an animal for COVID-19?
- How do Face Coverings work?
- What evidence supports use of face coverings?
- How and when to wear a face covering
- Do ferrets and other mustelids pose a zoonotic risk for COVID-19?
- Mink and COVID-19: The Denmark mutation
- What advice should we give owners of ferrets during COVID-19?
- How can we offer a cat friendly environment during COVID-19?
- How should we handle a ferret in the practice or rescue environment?
Knowledge Awards 2022: Quality Improvement Champions
We are delighted to bring you the Knowledge Awards for 2022, focused on continuous Quality Improvement (QI).
Who is eligible for this award?
The award is open to anyone within the veterinary industry and veterinary education field.
This includes those from a practice setting, for example, from the administration team, veterinary nurses, practice managers and surgeons at all levels. As well as applications from under- and post-graduate educators or learners/students who enhance the awareness and development of QI skills in the veterinary and veterinary nursing professions. Students using QI methodology as part of their education, such as clinical audits, drawing up clinical guidelines or other techniques. Educators should demonstrate how they are teaching QI methodology to better equip students for practice. We encourage anyone undertaking high-quality activity in this area to enter.
What is the award for?
The award aims to recognise those individuals and teams who are focusing on driving continuous improvements for better outcomes for patients, better service provision to clients, an improved business and environmental case, or better working conditions for the team. Applications could, for example,
- encompass a strategic approach across a large practice group or across a geographical area,
- be from an individual
- be from a practice team
- be from a student using QI methodology as part of their education
- be from an educator teaching QI methodology to better equip students for practice.
Applicants can apply as an individual or as part of a team. Colleagues can also nominate others for the award.
Knowledge Champions will be assessed on their passion for QI, and for encouraging and championing QI.
Winners will be announced in early 2022.
What will my application be assessed against?
Applications are blinded and assessed by a panel of reviewers. The panel uses the following criteria to score applications. All applications must have the best interests of animal welfare at its heart.
The application should be well articulated, and should demonstrate:
- a commitment to Quality Improvement
- the use of evidence-based approaches
- a learning culture
- leadership for a whole team approach
- the use of Quality Improvement techniques for excellence in care, evidenced by improvements (or lessons in how to achieve improvements) in any of the following, as applicable:
- animal welfare,
- clinical outcomes,
- client satisfaction,
- experience of the caregivers,
- public perception of the profession,
- environmental benefits,
- financial effectiveness.
For applications from a teaching setting, we are assessing how well students are equipped to apply these skills in a practice setting.
For those from a practice setting, we are particularly interested in applications that demonstrate how Quality Improvement has been embedded as part of business-as-usual (it is “the way we do things”, rather than an add-on to the day-job).
The case example, which is included as part of the application, should inspire others within the veterinary professions towards a culture of continuous Quality Improvement.
What happens if my application is selected as a winner?
Successful applicants will become Knowledge Champions and receive a £250 prize and are invited to attend an awards ceremony (either online or in person) and will be reimbursed up to £200 towards reasonable travel costs to attend the event at which this ceremony is held.If a winning application was made for a practice/ organisation – rather than an individual – then a representative will be invited to attend the awards ceremony.
Knowledge Champions have the opportunity to work with RCVS Knowledge to promote and share their experiences in Quality Improvement. This promotion might include presenting at a conference, sharing experiences through our blog, podcasts and interviews, and even publishing their findings in a regular column in a journal such as Veterinary Evidence.
Applications and Nominations
Apply for a QI AwardTo apply yourself or on behalf of your team: please download and complete the application form, and writing your case example about your QI initiative before 4 December 2021. Both applicants and nominees will need to read the terms and conditions of the award.
Nominate colleagues for a QI AwardTo nominate an individual or a team: please download and complete the short nomination form explaining why you have nominated this individual/team before 18 October 2021. Once we receive this, we will contact the nominee directly, inviting them to complete this nominee form. On this form, the nominee will give us a more detailed insight into their QI initiative by writing a case example. This will be presented to our review panel alongside the other applications. Both applicants and nominees will need to read the terms and conditions of the award.
- Please send the completed documents to us by email (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For nominations: 18 October 2021
For an application (whether you have applied directly or have been nominated): 4 December 2021
Want to know more about QI?
- We have been working with veterinary teams to create step-by-step guides, templates, case examples, podcasts and courses specifically in the areas of: clinical audit, benchmarking, significant event audit, guidelines and checklists. Visit our dedicated tools and resources page to see them all.
- Our new Quality Improvement (QI) Boxset, available on our updated e-learning platform, offers five hours of CPD in an easily digestible format.
- Read our QI Features which delver further into patient safety, clinical human factors and the principles and associated themes of Quality Improvement.
- Stay up-to-date with new tools as they become available by signing up to our newsletter.
Our previous champions
Take a look at previous Knowledge Award Champions and be inspired by their case examples.