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QI CPD

Our free CPD resources are created with input from our Quality Improvement Advisory Board and working parties. We offer two types of CPD:

  • Our resources will introduce you to different QI techniques, and help you understand the processes you can put in place to help improve outcomes.
  • Our webinars can provide guidance for interventions to support your quality improvement techniques.

QI techniques

Current Resources

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Interventions to support your outcomes

Anaesthesia and Surgery

How to become a quality improvement ambassador to improve clinical standards in your practice (CPD: 45 minutes) 

Getting started with quality improvement in practice can be daunting if you don't know where to start, and continuous quality improvement can often seem overwhelming. In this webinar produced for BSAVA 2020, Louise Northway, RVN, discusses why quality improvement is a staple in practice, how to get started with clinical audit and what your results might indicate for patient care.  
 
Based on practical examples, including Lou's award-winning small animal neutering audit, find out how to use evidence to improve standards of care, and how QI can help promote a just culture.

Featuring:
Louise Northway VNCertECC NCert(Anaesth) RVN

  • Listen to the podcast recording

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Inpatient care

Management of Feline Chronic Kidney Disease webinar (CPD: 90 minutes)

CKD is a common diagnosis, especially in elderly cats, and results in shortened lifespan and reduced quality of life due to weight loss, variable/poor appetite, vomiting, polyuria and polydipsia. A successful outcome depends on an individualized approach, which is developed with the involvement of the cat’s owner. Monitoring visits are very important to ensure that owners are supported and that clinical problems are identified and treated promptly.

Introducing new concepts and best practice into a busy clinic can be challenging. This webinar discusses the best available treatment for CKD and how getting the team involved in the development of practice specific clinical guidelines can drive the standard of medicine at which we practice.

Featuring: -

Paul Pollard MVB Cert AVP(VC) Pg Dip Vet Ed FHEA MRCVS: RCVS Knowledge Quality Improvement Advisor.

Dr Sarah Caney BVSc PhD DSAM(Feline) MRCVS: CEO of Vet Professionals.

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Feline Chronic Kidney Disease further reading

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Infection control and biosecurity

Part 1: Infection control and biosecurity during COVID- 19 (CPD: 60 minutes)

RCVS Knowledge webinar providing an introduction to the evidence base on COVID-19 and the patient/client journey within veterinary practice.

Featuring:-

- Pam Mosedale (webinar chair): Chair of the RCVS Knowledge Quality Improvement Advisory Board, Lead Practice Standards Scheme Assessor (RCVS) and Bella Moss Clinical Advisor.

- Alan Radford: Professor in Veterinary Health Informatics at the University of Liverpool and RCVS Knowledge Quality Improvement Advisor.

- Dr Tim Nuttall: Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh; RCVS Knowledge Infection Control Advisor and Bella Moss Clinical Advisor.

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Part 2: Organisms of concern and modes of transport (CPD: 60 minutes)

A webinar introducing organisms that can be found in practice, how they can be transported to patients, and potential fomites risks. Including emerging infectious and antimicrobial-resistant agents in veterinary practice, sources of infection and routes of transmission. 

Featuring:-

- Pam Mosedale (webinar chair): Chair of the RCVS Knowledge Quality Improvement Advisory Board, Lead Practice Standards Scheme Assessor (RCVS) and Bella Moss Clinical Advisor.

- Dr Tim Nuttall: Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh; RCVS Knowledge Infection Control Advisor and Bella Moss Clinical Advisor.

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Part 3: Policies and procedures in routine practice (CPD: 70 minutes)

Introducing how to implement routine infection control policies and procedures in practice. Covering the creation of an infection control group, developing a biosecurity policy, the role of the infection prevention and control nurse and considerations for infection control in practice. 

Featuring:-

- Pam Mosedale (webinar chair): Chair of the RCVS Knowledge Quality Improvement Advisory Board, Lead Practice Standards Scheme Assessor (RCVS) and Bella Moss Clinical Advisor.

- Liz Branscombe DipAVN(Surgical) RVN: Training Manager Davies Veterinary Specialists and RCVS Knowledge Trustee.

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Part 4: Disinfectant types (CPD: 30 minutes)

This webinar will help you understand differing disinfectant types, how they work, and what pathogens they should be used on. Including disinfection terminology, action of disinfectants, active ingredients and how to select the appropriate disinfectant.

Featuring:-

- Pam Mosedale (webinar chair): Chair of the RCVS Knowledge Quality Improvement Advisory Board, Lead Practice Standards Scheme Assessor (RCVS) and Bella Moss Clinical Advisor.

- Sairéad Wild PgDip BSc (Hons), RVN: Course Director for the University Centre West Anglia's Access to Veterinary Science.

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Part 5: Auditing infection control (CPD: 60 minutes)

Once you have your infection control guidelines in place, how do you know if they are helping to improve patient outcomes? The final part in our webinar series will help you understand how audit can be useful in infection control, how to audit your cleaning protocols, hand hygiene and post-operative complications. 

Featuring:-

- Dr Tim Nuttall: Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh; RCVS Knowledge Infection Control Advisor and Bella Moss Clinical Advisor.

- Pam Mosedale: Chair of the RCVS Knowledge Quality Improvement Advisory Board, Lead Practice Standards Scheme Assessor (RCVS) and Bella Moss Clinical Advisor.

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Infection control supporting resources

These resources have kindly been shared as examples of how other practices and organisations are applying infection control in their workplace. Our recommendation is for practice teams to work together to create evidence-based guidelines that are applicable to their circumstances and to apply them by also taking into consideration clinical expertise and judgement along with patient’s circumstances and owners’ values. You can find out more with our dedicated CPD courses.

Please email ebvm@rcvsknowledge.org to suggest materials for inclusion.

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Infection control case examples

The following case examples have been provided by practices and describe how they have implemented quality improvement initiatives within their teams. If you would like to submit a case example of your own, please email us.

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Infection control further reading

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Disclaimer

The information provided is for educational purposes and does not override the responsibility of the practitioner. Informed decisions should be made by considering such factors as the current evidence base, individual clinical expertise and judgement along with patient’s circumstances and owners’ values. While RCVS Knowledge believes that all content herein is in accord with current recommendations and practice at the time of publication, they accept no legal responsibility for any errors or omissions, and make no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained within.

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Updated: 14/07/2020