New Resources Available to Promote Medical Leadership

Led by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement the UK-wide project, 'Enhancing Engagement in Medical Leadership project' has now developed a number of resources which may be of interest to members. The project aims to promote medical leadership and help create organisational cultures where doctors seek to be more engaged in management and leadership of health services.

The project team has worked closely with the medical professional, regulatory and education bodies and health service organisation and has now completed a number of key projects including a Medical Leadership Competency Framework . A Medical Leadership Curriculum has also been developed and you can find further information here.

Other project products and research include:

  • A Medical Engagement Scale which enables NHS trusts a greater insight to the level of engagement of doctors in their organisation and ways in which this engagement might be improved. This also explores the link between organisational performance and medical engagement, with a study due to be available in Autumn 2009.
  • An international study of how doctors are prepared for leadership roles in other countries and how they are engaged in the management and leadership of the health service
  • A Medical Chief Executive study is currently underway; to explore and better understand the factors that influence doctors to assume Chief Executive roles and identify how more doctors may be encouraged to apply for these positions.

Hard copies of most project products are also available for order here. We have attached a copy of our latest project update for your information.

If you would like to know more about the project, or any of the project products, please visit our website at or contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

IBD Standards

Service standards for the healthcare of people who have Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Documentation updated October 2013

The aim of these Service Standards is to ensure that patients who have inflammatory bowel disease receive healthcare that is safe, effective and of consistently high quality. Our organisations, representing patients and professionals, have collaborated in the IBD Standards Group to define for the first time what is required in terms of staffing, support services, organisation, patients‚ education and audit to provide integrated, high-quality IBD Services.

The starting point for this initiative was a UK-wide Audit in 2006 which confirmed that there was substantial local variation in the provision, organisation and clinical quality of IBD Services and that there were significant aspects of care that did not meet current clinical guidelines.

In this section...

Clinical Services & Standards Committee

Name Position Year/Org
Dr SM Greenfield Chairman  
Professor DC Gleeson Deputy Chairman  
Dr TCK Tham Secretary  
Dr IC Forgacs President  
Professor M Lombard President-Elect  
Dr CM Edwards Senior Secretary  
Dr P Mckiernan Adolescent & Young Persons'  
Dr K Monahan Colorectal  
Dr AM Veitch Endoscopy  
Dr A Goddard Gastroduodenal  
Dr B Hawthorne IBD  
Dr H Hussaini Liver  
Dr S Hamdy Neurogastroenterology/Motility  
Dr P Patel Oesophageal  
Dr S Pereira Pancreatic  
Dr S Walsh Pathology  
Dr J Elford Radiology  
Dr S Middleton Small Bowel/Nutrition  
Mr M Thomas Surgical  
Dr M Corrigan Trainees  
Dr J Geraghty Trainees  
Dr A Lobo BSG Council 2012
Dr G Aithal BSG Council 2013
Dr M Hudson BSG Council 2013
Prof A Watson BSG Council 2014
Dr M Lockett Workforce  
Dr R Logan IT related items  
Dr I Barrison EGB  
Dr A McKinley Four Nations  
Vacant ACPGBI Ex officio
Dr J Dalrymple PCSG Ex officio
SHA Representatives
Dr M Mendall South London  
Dr A Thillainayagam North London  
Dr S Sebastian Yorks & Humber  
Dr D Nylander North East  
Dr AF Muller South East Coast  
Dr HL Smart North West  
Dr P Goggin South Central  
Dr D Parker South West  
Vacant East Midlands  
Dr R Ransford West Midlands  
Dr I Sargeant East of England  
Dr E Henry Scotland  
Dr P Allen Northern Ireland  
Dr V Goel Wales  

RCP Guidelines Database

Royal College of Physicians Guidelines Database

The Royal College of Physicians has developed comprehensive resource for identifying widely accepted clinical guidelines and it is hoped that members of the specialist societies will find the following information useful.

It is one of the Royal College of Physicians' core functions to set and improve standards in medical practice. Guideline and audit projects are both essential in setting targets and measuring if they have been met.

Much audit and guideline activity is carried out by specialist societies; the Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit of the Royal College of Physicians has been working with the Clinical Effectiveness Forum since November 2000. The brief of the Clinical Effectiveness Forum is to share experience on evidence based multidisciplinary guideline production and co-ordinate clinical effectiveness activities to achieve greater effect. The Clinical Effectiveness Forum is attended by a guideline/audit lead from each of the medical specialities that come under the RCP umbrella.

The forum developed a central database of clinical guidelines, produced over the preceding five years, covering all the areas of clinical practice that come under the RCP umbrella. Clinical guidelines are "systematically developed statements to assist practitioner and patient decisions about appropriate health care for specific clinical circumstances". They should "make explicit recommendations with a definite intent to influence what clinicians do". Guidelines are intended to describe the diagnosis and management of a particular condition and should provide a clear indication of the best choices for the clinical management of a patient.

The database can now be accessed via the Royal College of Physicians website:

Although patients, carers and relatives are welcome to use the database, it was designed for use by healthcare professionals familiar with guideline terminology.

The database has specific criteria for inclusion:

  1. All UK guidelines produced in the previous five years and relevant to the specialities covered by the Royal College of Physicians.
  2. Non-UK guidelines are included if they are of relevance to UK practice.
  3. A few guidelines from earlier years are included, if the relevant specialist society has confirmed their continuing appropriateness.
  4. Guidelines on performance or accreditation for procedures are included only if they have clear impact on clinical management of a specific condition.
  5. It is evident that the guidelines meet the AGREE criteria.
  6. Matters of training are excluded.

The Clinical Effectiveness Forum in conjunction with the Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit is continually searching for guidelines that meet the inclusion criteria and currently, the database is updated quarterly.

For further details, please contact:

Penny Irwin
Project Co-ordinator
Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit
Royal College of Physicians London
11, St. Andrews Place
Regent's Park
London NW1 4LE

Tel: 020 7935 1174 Ext: 349
Fax: 020 7487 3988
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Clinical Guidance

intro page for clinical guidance


E-learning Training Resource for Clinical Audit

February 2012: The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and partners have developed an exciting new e-learning training resource on clinical audit for trainees and other health professionals – go to e-learning-resources-clinical-audit.

Local Clinical Audit: HQIP Handbook for Physicians

Local clinical audit has enormous clinical potential which to date has been, to a large extent, untapped. This handbook provides a stimulus and a means whereby physicians, both in training and in consultant posts, can maximise the full benefits of audit. While all are familiar with data collection, the other critical phases of the audit cycle are equally important. We need to enthuse and enable physicians to reflect on audit findings, inter-relate with patients and managers in devising methods for improving care, take a lead role in driving improvements and ensure repeat data collection to demonstrate change.

In these ways patient care can be improved, the quality of care can be assured and clinicians, both individually, as Societies and as a College, can truly meet their professional aspirations. This handbook should help us along the way.

Dr Michael Cheshire
Clinical Vice President
Royal College of Physicians, London


A resource guide for physician specialties

Gastroenterology and Hepatology:

The purpose of revalidation is to assure patients and the public, employers and other healthcare professionals that licensed doctors are up to date and fit to practise.

In order to maintain your licence to practice you will be expected to have at least one appraisal per year that is based on the General Medical Council's (GMC) core guidance for doctors, Good Medical Practice. You will need to maintain a portfolio of supporting information (SI) drawn from your current practice which demonstrates how you are continuing to meet the requirements set out by the GMC.

This document should be read in conjunction with GMC and RCP documents.

Revalidation will be introduced at the end of 2012. To help consultants prepare for this change the Royal College of Physicians have an online repository of information, tools and FAQs, including a helpdesk. You can access these materials here:

The pages include a Personal Clinical Audit Tool, allowing people to document and reflect on their participation and the outcomes of audit.

The College also provide a Revalidation Policy Update, the latest version of which is below:

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