RCVS Knowledge has launched the Knowledge Awards for Quality Improvement, encouraging applicants to share their success stories with the profession.
The awards are designed to recognise successful implementation of quality improvement (QI), which can reduce avoidable errors, ensure practice is based on the best available evidence and, ultimately, save lives.
Individual winners will get free tickets to an upcoming RCVS Knowledge event and be given a plaque pronouncing them a ‘Knowledge Champion’, while one team will scoop Knowledge’s ‘Champion Practice’ award.
“These awards are a great opportunity to celebrate the good work that is going on in practice and to highlight examples of quality improvement,” said RCVS Knowledge Executive Director Chris Gush.
“I would encourage all – from quality improvement experts to QI beginners – to get involved and enter the awards.”
Winners will be able to demonstrate the impact QI methods have had in practice. Impact could be an increase in efficiency, improved clinical or financial effectiveness, the development of a culture of continuous improvement, support in the use of evidence-based approaches, or a general bettering of excellence in care.
The awards are open to any member of a practice, including veterinary surgeons and nurses, practice managers, receptionists, locums, students, and more. You can also nominate a colleague, or vice versa.
All applicants can choose to work with Knowledge to showcase their experience of applying QI. You can opt to be featured on our website or blog, be peer-reviewed and published in Veterinary Evidence or present at a relevant conference.
By sharing our stories we can highlight and learn from the fantastic work going on in our local veterinary communities and those around the world.
The closing date to submit an application is 1st November 2018, allowing plenty of time for those interested in introducing a quality improvement initiative in their practice to do so and apply for the awards at a later date.
If that sounds like you, check out our QI pages to learn more about how you can get started.
Or if you’re ready to apply now, you can download all the information you need online.