Learning for life: Quality & audit evaluations

Life Long Learning and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) are the processes
by which professionals, such as nurses, develop and improve their practice.

There are many ways to address CPD: formally, through attending courses,
study days and workshops; or informally, through private study and reflection.
Reading articles in professional journals is a good way of keeping up-to-date
with what is going on in the field of practice, but reflecting and identifying
what you have learned is not always easy.

These questions are designed to help you to identify what you have learned
from studying the article. They will also help you to clarify what you can
apply to practice, what you did not understand and what you need to explore
further.

1. The Scottish Executive Strategy is called:

a) Our Healthy Nations
b) Towards a Safer Healthier Workplace
c) Good Health is Good Business
d) Securing Health Together

2. The Scottish Executive Strategy is based on a series of:

a) Clinical audits
b) Multidisciplinary working
c) Peer reviews
d) Clinical governance

3. Planned activities include:

a) Technical, administrative and biological processes
b) Clinical, administrative and biological processes
c) Technical, clinical and biological processes
d) Technical, administrative and clinical processes

4. When are staff introduced to the content of the system?

a) First day in post
b) At induction
c) Within the first week
d) Within the first month

5. At which stage does audit enter the system?

a) First
b) Second
c) Third
d) Fourth

6. How often does the external assessor visit?

a) Biennially
b) Quarterly
c) Annually
d) Biannually

7. At what stage does the quality management system come to life?

a) Say what you do
b) Do what you say
c) Prove it
d) Review

8. What will encourage poor service provision?

a) Low standards
b) High standards
c) Consistency
d) Inconsistency

9. How often does Salus formally review summarised results?

a) Quarterly
b) Twice a year
c) Annually
d) Monthly

10. An outcome-based audit considers:

a) Sickness absence rates
b) Health surveillance
c) How well the organisation does what it does
d) Response time and activity levels

Feedback

1) b – Obtain a copy of the strategy and discuss its relevance to
your place of work with your colleagues. 2) c – What do you understand
by the term ‘peer review’? Discuss this with your colleagues or carry out a
literature search to update you knowledge. 3) d 4) b – In an
organisation dedicated to occupational health, the induction courses would be
geared towards that work, but how do induction programmes in your place of work
fare for OH personnel? Is your company’s induction programme adequate for OH
needs? 5) c 6) d – Make sure you know the difference between biannual
and biennial – could mistakes be made here? How can they be avoided? 7) d 8)
a
– This may seem the obvious answer, but d would be equally correct and so
would b if standards were set too high for people to achieve. 9) b 10) c
– Clinical audit is part of clinical governance and that is everyone’s business
in healthcare. Look at the Resource Guide for more on clinical governance,
clinical audit and quality assurance

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