Papers relating to the administration of RCOG's Office for Research and Clinical Audit, including steering group meeting papers, papers of the National Reproductive Health Research Network, and the Safer Practice in Intrapartum Care project.
Records of the RCOG Office for Research and Clinical Audit
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- ReferenceGB 1538 RCOG/L3
- Dates of Creation2007 - 2010
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
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Administrative / Biographical History
The Office of Research and Clinical Audit (ORCA) was created in 2007 following a partnership agreement between the RCOG and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The aims of the agreement were:
To encourage and support rigorous audit in obstetrics and gynaecology, performed to a high standard
To enhance obstetric and gynaecological audit in the UK over the next decade
More specific objectives were:
To develop and evaluate methods for national as well as local audits
To provide a training environment for clinical and non-clinical research fellows to learn epidemiological and other relevant research skills
To contribute to the teaching of clinical audit and relevant health services research methodsStaff within ORCA was to work closely with colleagues of the Clinical Effectiveness Unit (CEU), which was established in 1998 as an academic collaboration between The Royal College of Surgeons and the Health Services Research Unit of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Projects carried out by ORCA were to be jointly led by a senior clinician with a special interest in the clinical topic involved alongside ORCA of School staff, responsible for project design, data collection and analysis, and interpretation.
The aim of ORCA was to focus its activities on large-scale (ie national) studies of the quality of obstetric and gynaecological care, using epidemiological methods. ORCA’s research and audit programme was expected to contribute to the development of expertise and experience in methods, organisation and logistics of large-scale studies of the healthcare quality and performance.ORCA was based at the RCOG in the Clinical Governance and Standards Department, and was composed of:
Professor Allan Templeton – RCOG Honorary Clinical Director
Professor Jan van der Meulen – LHSTM Honorary Director
Dr Tahir Mahmood – RCOG Vice-President Standards
Dr Suzanne Cox – RCOG HMB Audit Research Associate
Dr David Cromwell – RCOG/LHSTM Senior Lecturer
Mrs Charnjit Dhillon – RCOG Director of Standards
Dr Ipek Gurol Urganci – RCOG/LSHTM Senior Methodologist
Miss Benedetta La Corte – RCOG ORCA Administrator
Dr Chidimma Onwere – RCOG Clinical Research Fellow
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