8th Annual Surgical Trainees’ Research, Audit and Quality Improvement Training and Prize Day

Category: Competitions - Other

Date: November 4th 2016

Location: Engineers House, The Promenade, Clifton Down, Avon, Bristol BS8 3NB

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A morning of session of academic and educational presentations followed by an afternoon of trainee research, audit and quality improvement presentations (offering an opportunity to win prizes for the best presentations). The deadline for abstracts is 18.09.2016. Details of how to prepare and submit abstracts can be found below.


Event Registration 

Registration is required to attend this event. Email your name, job title and email address to carol.davies@bristol.ac.uk



How to Submit Your Abstract

Trainees from all surgical specialities in the Severn Deanery are invited to submit abstracts for consideration for presentation at the annual Research and Audit Day.

The submission categories are as follows:

  • Research abstracts
  • Audit abstracts
  • Quality improvement abstracts

Please submit your abstracts in TWO formats:
First - including all details. Second - omitting authorship, institution and email information (2-4 below to allow for anonymised marking).

  1. Title of project. 
  2. Authors with presenting author underlined and responsible/senior author highlighted in bold. 
  3. Department where the work was performed. 
  4. Contact email address.
  5. Structured within 250 words or less (see below). 
  6. Save one file R, A, or Q followed by a full stop followed by your surname then a number if submitting more than one abstract. E.g. A.Brown2. Please use your title as the file name for the anonymised version.

Research abstracts
- abstracts should take this format

‘Introduction and aim, methods, results, conclusion.' Please also submit evidence of ethics approval where this exists:

Audit abstracts
- abstracts should take this format

‘Audit standard and aim, methods, results, conclusion’ Please also submit evidence of audit registration in the appropriate NHS Trust. Abstracts submitted without this evidence will be rejected.

Quality or service improvement abstracts
- abstracts should take this format

‘Problem, intervention, strategy for change, measures for improvement, effects of change and lessons learnt.’

Quality improvement projects do not compare practice to current standards (audit), and do not involve interventions or measuring outcomes that are not routine practice (research).
Quality improvement is about reliably applying evidence based medicine to routine clinical care. This should be achieved by applying quality improvement methodology i.e. small cycle tests of change (PDSA cycles) aiming for 95% reliability which ultimately bring about an improvement in patient safety or quality of clinical care, see http://www.institute.nhs.uk/quality_and_service_improvement_tools/quality_and_service_improvement_tools/plan_do_study_act.html

Deadline for submission is the 18th of September, 2016.

Abstracts should be submitted to abstracts.severnschool@gmail.com