SIGN health professionals in training group – who, what, why?
In 2009, SIGN Council established a subgroup to look at the needs of healthcare professionals in training and
ways in which SIGN could support these. The group exists to:
Current membership of the core group is:
Chair, Dr Keith Brown, Chair of SIGN Council
Dr Lisa Conway, SpR, Psychiatry, Forth Valley
Katherine Farquhar, Undergraduate medical student, Glasgow
Aisha Ghaus, Undergraduate medical student, Glasgow
Dr Julie Gray, GP ST1, Edinburgh
Nora O’ Murchu, StR, Paediatric Dentistry, Glasgow
Dr George Ramsay, ST4, General Surgery, North East Scotland
Dr Lydia Simpson, StR, Obs & Gyn, Borders, SIGN Council member
John McQueen, Undergraduate dental student, Glasgow
Erin Toal, trainee psychologist
Dr Eleanor Watson, StR, Gastroenterology, Edinburgh, SIGN Council member
With support from the SIGN Executive.
There are two main areas of current activity:
This work complements the priority recently given by SIGN to the dissemination and implementation of their
guidelines. It is hoped that making guidelines accessible and relevant to healthcare professionals in training
may facilitate this. We have, therefore, designed audit tools which may be helpful towards both objectives.
SIGN Guidelines and Audit – tools for junior medical staff
SIGN guidelines provide an ideal framework for audit. They define current evidence based practice, against
which local practice may be compared and measured. Practice can then be adjusted and re-audited to test for
improvement. Through implementation of PDSA methodology (Plan-Do-Study-Act), whereby small samples
of patients are audited frequently, practice may quickly be improved and compliance with the guideline
achieved. There is, therefore, potential benefit for both the healthcare professional in training, and their
Knowing where to start can be a problem, so we have devised a series of audit tools which should allow
interested individuals to audit their local practice.