IBD QI: Supporting teams to improve care in inflammatory bowel disease

  • Would you like to gain a better understanding of how to interpret the findings from your data?

  • Learn how to facilitate changes and improvements in patient care?

  • Become a quality improvement champion for IBD?

If yes – then you are invited to attend a quality improvement course consisting of 3 one day workshops, plus support webinars, over 6 months between June and November 2017.

Who is the course for?

This course has been specifically designed for teams specialising in inflammatory bowel disease.
The first 25 places will be funded via the Royal College of Physicians.

We invite you to attend in teams of three or four, ideally a physician, a manager and one other health care professional and/or a patient. Applications for individual attendance will not be possible.

What do I need to do?

Teams should have identified one area of care within their service where national benchmarked data shows the need for improvement.
You need to plan to come as a team for the entire course (see dates and venues below)
Teams must be committed to meet at a minimum fortnightly, to progress their project during the improvement collaborative.

When and where?

The course runs over 3 separate days. All will be held at a venue in central London.

  • Day 1 – Tuesday 6 June, Holiday Inn Regent's Park, London
  • Day 2 – Wednesday 13 September
  • Day 3 - Wednesday 1 November


The estimated cost of the course is £750 but we will cover the cost for the first 25 people who book to come on this course. This is a great opportunity and will not be subsidised in the future.

You will only need to cover your travel and, where necessary, accommodation costs.

Whilst we are very pleased to offer to subsidise the fees of the first 25 bookings, attendees will be liable for any course fees should they fail to attend.
To find out more about the course please see below.

How to book?

If you are interested in attending this course please contact ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )
You will need to provide the names, job titles, NHS trust and contact details of the team you plan to bring.
Final date for booking: 1st May.

BSG Quality Improvement Project

Dr Tony Tham, BSG Quality Improvement Lead and Deputy Chair, BSG Clinical Services and Standards Committee

The mission of the BSG is to support its members to provide the best care and achieve the best outcomes for patients with gastrointestinal and liver diseases. As one of the ways to achieve this, the BSG has embarked on a quality improvement project through the Clinical Services and Standards Committee (CSSC).

The gastroenterology community has a proven track record with the GRS and JAG, and the high standards achieved by a JAG accredited endoscopy unit. The objective of the quality improvement project is to improve standards of care across a wider set of clinical areas outside endoscopy. Patients with gastrointestinal and liver disease will benefit from knowing that quality of care throughout the UK for such patients is actively being reviewed and improved, and that there is equality and little variation of care wherever they go. Health system regulators, funders and commissioners will be able to reference the extent to which a service is reaching agreed markers of quality and driving ongoing improvement. Gastrointestinal and liver units can use these standards as a lever to improve services. Units that adopt and meet required quality improvement standards might, if a strong case was made, be rewarded with best practice tariffs in England. Healthcare providers that achieve these standards should feel a well deserved sense of satisfaction but it is equally hoped that a culture of constant improvement can be instilled throughout services nationally. In the future, if accreditation of whole services were to become a reality, such units will be in a good position to achieve certification status.

The BSG has had discussions with the presidents and representatives from the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons, Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland, patient groups, representatives from the Clinical Service Accreditation Alliance (CSAA) and Liver QuEST. CSAA is a collection of colleges, professional bodies, regulators, commissioners and patients who have come together tostandardise and improve the quality of healthcare service accreditation, with the Royal College of Physicians of London being the lead body. Liver QuEST will be a project familiar to many in the liver community (see BSG Summer 2016 newsletter), and has seen active participation from BSG members in pilot hospitals as a means to drive quality improvement in liver services.

We realise that the work involved in coming up with standards and measures is significant. We are also very aware of the need to ensure that the time involved for teams to provide evidence is not too burdensome or an interference with good clinical care. The quality improvement project will take time to achieve its ultimate aims and the journey is just beginning. As a starting point, we are working with leads from CSAA and Liver QuEST to develop a template and key questions from which relevant sections from the BSG will be able to build their own standards and measures.

We look forward to working with members of the BSG in this quality improvement project and welcome any feedback that you may have.

RCP Future Hospital Journal

Dr Tony Tham, BSG Quality Improvement Lead and Deputy Chair, BSG Clinical Services and Standards Committee

Embedding quality improvement into routine clinical practice The editor, Ed Nicol, of the Future Hospital Journal, a Journal of the Royal College of Physicians challenges us with this observation. "Our patients rightly expect quality healthcare, our politicians expect the £100bn funding of the NHS to deliver quality healthcare and we, as clinicians, strive to deliver quality healthcare; so why is quality improvement (QI) so difficult to routinely deliver, and why does it remain a Cinderella function in healthcare?”

The recent Future Hospital Journal has presented a series of articles that offer readers the opportunity to view quality improvement from multiple perspectives including theory, educational requirement, delivery and intended outcomes of quality improvement.

I have selected some articles from this journal that look at quality improvement from aspects including quality improvement science: