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Audit and Guideline Development, Education and Training


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 Essential Skills in Using Evidence to Improve Palliative Care

2017 Training Programme

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Developing Guidelines, Doing Audit


Audit Manual 2nd Edition March 2016 Explains the full audit process
Guideline Development Manual November 2016 Explains the full guideline development process

Starting Out

Audit Review Meeting Information on the audit process
Defining a good clinical question Presentation by Dr Catriona Mayland, Consultant in Palliative Medicine and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer
Standards & Guideline Proposal Form Complete and send to Audit Co-ordinator with initial plan for audit and review process
Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Proposal Form For those groups registering with Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool
Evidence Checklist Useful checklist for Guideline Development Group Leads to ensure all necessary documentation is completed and ready for upload

Reviewing the Evidence

Literature Searching Skills Angela Hall, Library Manager at the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust on how to search for evidence using NHS and other resources
Sifting Through The Evidence Dr Sarah Fradsham on how to refine your search results to select the most appropriate evidence
Assessing Quality of Evidence A scoring method to help assess quality of evidence, An example of how this is completed can be found here.
Critical Appraisal Skills Programme A guide to different studies
Systematic Review e-learning package Step-by step guide in systematic reviewing
Systematic Literature Review Summary Form
Final record of search results

Auditing Practice

Clinical Audit e-learning Guide for all professionals in how to do an audit
Guide to quality improvement for the public e-learning for public members of the Guideline Development Groups

The following links are included to help support you regarding audit curriculum competencies for registrars and revalidation for doctors/AfC/KSF for nurses and AHPs:


Posters; A Guide to Creating Visuals Dr Karen Groves guides you through creating an effective poster
Top Tips on Writing for Publication Dr Amara Nwosu gives tips to help when writing for publication.   To access a special edition podcast about writing click here.
Guide to Quality Improvement Methods Methods to help implement change from audit and clinical guidelines
Conflict of Interest Statement For group members to complete on guideline submission with the Submission Checklist for Completed Guidelines
Feedback Form for Audit Sub-Group Members Audit Sub Group Members Feedback Form (must have accompanying Conflict of Interest Statement)
External Reviewer Feedback Form External Reviewer Feedback Form (must have accompanying Conflict of Interest Statement)

NICE_Accreditation_CMYK.JPGNICE has accredited the process used by the Cheshire and Merseyside Palliative and End of Life Care Network Audit Group to produce Palliative care and end of life care guidelines. Accreditation is valid for 5 years from 10 January 2017 and is retrospectively applicable to guidance produced using the processes described in the Cheshire and Merseyside Palliative and End of Life Care Network Audit Group guideline development manual (2016).  More information on accreditation can be found at

Training & Development