Developing a clinical management tool to evaluate quality
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Developing a clinical management tool to evaluate quality

Cathy Burke Consultant nurse and designated nurse, Safeguarding at NHS Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group, Nottinghamshire
Kathy Webster Consultant and designated nurse, Safeguarding children and children in care at NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Cathy Burke and Kathy Webster describe the use of benchmarking to assess a safeguarding children service, to identify positive outcomes and gaps in provision ahead of a re-inspection

Peer review is used increasingly in the NHS as a form of evaluation between professionals, services and organisations, and as a way of offering participants a snapshot assessment of particular health services or at points in a clinical pathway.

The model outlined in this article has been developed as an aide-memoire to clinical commissioning groups, provider organisations and clinical staff for the process of gathering evidence of good assurance and governance arrangements.

Nursing Management. 20, 2, 14-18. doi: 10.7748/nm2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Accepted: 25 March 2013