Award-winning approach to NICE guidance
South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust won the 'General' category of the 2009 NICE Shared Learning Awards for a system it has set up to ensure clinicians are fully aware of NICE recommendations.
The need to improve staff knowledge of NICE guidance came to light following an audit of the Children's Directorate. The audit, which involved 11 pieces of NICE guidance, showed that clinicians had problems getting hold of our advice and were not necessarily aware of which guidance and standards were relevant to them.
In response, a process was set up to identify gaps in knowledge among the Directorate's clinicians and to provide them with the necessary education and training.
Checklists were created to help identify relevant NICE guidance. Once these were identified, e-learning modules were developed to encapsulate our advice on a given topic. The latter include a hyperlink to the relevant guidance summary (or summaries) on our website, a list of standards identified by NICE and a short test.
Those completing a module obtain a certificate which can then be used as evidence in their annual appraisal and for their knowledge and skills framework (KSF) criteria.
As part of the monitoring and evaluation process, reports from the e-learning modules are used to identify uptake of, and compliance with, NICE guidance. In addition, any gaps in knowledge are highlighted and gathered to help inform future training needs.
As a result, staff throughout the Directorate are now made fully aware of NICE advice which, in turn, should lead to improvements in patient care. No additional resources were needed - and the process is now being adopted throughout the Trust.
For more details on the project visit the Shared Learning website or contact Dr Andrea Voice Community Paediatrician, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This page was last updated: 10 May 2010