2022 Knowledge Awards open to recognise individuals and teams championing QI

Veterinary charity, RCVS Knowledge, is pleased to open applications for the 2022 Knowledge Awards. In their fourth year, the prestigious awards celebrate the achievements of individuals and teams who are championing the use of Quality Improvement (QI) methodology in their work.

The awards welcome applications from anyone who works within the veterinary industry or veterinary education. This includes educators and learners from under- and post-graduate education, everyone working in a practice setting, including the administration team, veterinary nurses, practice managers or surgeons at all levels.  

Individuals can nominate themselves, their team, or their colleagues.

Louise Northway RVN and RCVS Knowledge Quality Improvement Clinical Lead, said: “QI has completely changed the way I approach my role as clinical lead RVN in practice. It has provided me with helpful tools to help me measure how we are doing and guidance on improving areas that require further work.

“QI is a continuous, reflective process that stops you doing things the way they’ve always been done and enables you to review the systems, measure the outcomes and consider how things can be improved for the benefit of your patients and team.

“I encourage anyone who is passionate about implementing QI to apply for the 2022 Knowledge Awards, or nominate a colleague who is championing QI in your workplace.”

The Knowledge Awards recognise individuals and teams focusing on driving continuous improvements for better outcomes for patients, better service provision to clients, an improved business or environmental case, or better working conditions for the team. In addition, applicants will be assessed on their passion for QI, and for encouraging and championing QI.

Winners will be crowned ‘Knowledge Champions’ or ‘Champion Practices’ and will receive a £250 prize, tickets to the awards ceremony and the opportunity to work with RCVS Knowledge to continue promoting their Quality Improvement work.

The winners of the 2021 Knowledge Awards were recognised for a wide range of QI initiatives:

  • An outcome audit on peri-operative hypothermia.
  • Implementation of a new course that teaches QI to veterinary nurses.
  • Guidelines for performing cytology on patients presenting with ear pathology.
  • Auditing small animal ear cytology on a national scale, resulting in an increase in diagnostic tests and a reduction in antibiotic use across practices.
  • Embedding QI into the curriculum for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

The deadline for nominating colleagues is 18 October 2021, and the deadline for applications (whether you have applied directly or have been nominated) is 4 December 2021. Winners will be announced in early 2022.
Find out more about the Knowledge Awards and how to apply at: rcvsknowledge.org/KnowledgeAwards/

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