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:


BSG guidelines deal with the investigation, management and prevention of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

These Guidelines have been prepared by the British Society of Gastroenterology. They represent a consensus of best practice based on the available evidence at the time of preparation. They may not apply in all situations and should be interpreted in the light of specific clinical situations and resource availability.

Clinical Comparators

Hospital Episode Statistics Data

A website for Gastroenterologists in England providing clinically-driven analysis of routinely collected NHS data (Hospital Episode Statistics).

View the data recorded for your team and your trust and compare with local trusts and the national picture.

National Library for Health

National Library for Health Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases Specialist Library

The National Library for Health Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases Specialist Library ( GLDSL)  is available via .

The Specialist Libraries are an integral part of the National Library for Health (NLH), a library and information service for the NHS, aiming to deliver a range of services on a 24 x 7 basis to support patient care, staff development and research. For further information visit - The NLH Gastroenterology & Liver Diseases Specialist Library (GLDSL) draws together resources and information that is relevant, best evidence and current within these specialties. Although targeted at health professionals it also serves to inform patients and their carers.

Decision Support

Decision Support


This page contains a set of clinical calculators

Page 3 of 4