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Quality Improvement


Dr Jenny Illingworth is the department Lead for Quality Improvement.

Trainees are encouraged to undertake Quality Improvement (QI) projects whilst with the department. These projects range from local or regional projects to national audits and research.

QI time is allocated for trainees who have signed up for a project & will be half a day per fortnight. Trainees present their projects at local audit meetings & are supported in submitting their work for conference presentations.



National and Regional QI Projects at St Mary's


PQIP is a national quality improvement project targeting mortality and morbidity following major elective surgery. Dr Jenny Illingworth is the lead for PQIP at St Mary's.

St Mary's is recruiting patients undergoing major Upper & Lower GI procedures.

To get involved with the project at St Mary's contact Dr Jenny Illingworth.


St Mary's contributes to the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit. The departmental lead for the project is Dr Rachel Bartlett.

All patients over 18 years, having a general surgical emergency laparotomy or laparoscopic assisted procedure are eligible.

Please support the project by completing the paper forms or online form (request login by contacting Dr Bartlett). The minimum is to email Dr Rachel Bartlett with a name and hospital number.


Dreamy is a multi-centre observational cohort study of accidental awareness under general anaesthesia in obstetric patients.

English-speaking women, aged >18 years undergoing obstetric surgery with GA are eligible for the study. Recruitment began in May 2017 and is planned for a 12 month period.

Dr Jo Bray is the lead for Dreamy.