NELA Sponsored Trainee Prize at the ASGBI 2016 International Surgical Congress

We are delighted to announce that NELA and ASGBI will be awarding a Trainee prize at the International Congress in Belfast. This will be for the best submission using your hospital's NELA data. Particularly favoured will be those which bring about an improvement in care.

Adjudication will be by the Association's Scientific Committee with input from NELA, and the paper will be presented during the 'Short Papers of Distinction' session.

Further information on the call for Abstracts can be found here.

Please make sure you mention the NELA prize in your submission for the abstract to be considered for the prize.

Further Information
The traditional model of audit takes too long and does not address the underlying reasons why things don't happen as they should. Quality improvement (QI) aims to address this. QI science emphasises the use of local data to drive small scale changes, carried out on short timescales.

So although NELA has the word 'Audit' in it, the only way improvements in patient care will come about is if clinicians use their NELA data to measure what is going on in their hospital, make a change, and measure the impact of making that change. The NELA website allows your hospital's NELA lead to download your own NELA data whenever you want to support QI initiatives.

The intention is that this prize will encourage trainees to get involved in driving improvements in the delivery of care to patients undergoing emergency laparotomy. It also has the added benefit of helping trainees understand the difference between audit and quality improvement and show evidence of active participation in a Quality Improvement project.

The criteria for a successful poster will be judged on:
• Whether it demonstrates use of local NELA data
• Whether it uses established QI methodology
• Has multidisciplinary involvement (ideally)
• Whether it demonstrates an improvement in care, which could be improvements in process or outcome

The closing date for abstract submissions is midnight on Monday 4th January 2016 and a cash prize will be awarded to the winner. For more information on how to submit your Abstract please visit here.