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:
|Lisa||Conway||SpR, Psychiatry, Forth Valley|
|Katherine||Farquhar||Undergraduate Medical Student, Glasgow|
|Aisha||Ghaus||Undergraduate Medical Student, Glasgow|
|Julie||Gray||GP ST1, Edinburgh|
|John||McQueen||Undergraduate dental student, Glasgow|
|Nora||O’ Murchu||StR Paediatric Dentistry, Glasgow|
|George||Ramsay||ST4 General Surgery, Aberdeen|
|Lydia||Simpson||StR Obs &Gyn|
|Eleanor||Watson||StR GI, Edinburgh|
|Ben||Wiffen||Trainee psychologist, Glasgow|
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.
Survey of Health Professionals in Training awareness of SIGN
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.
A poster describing the work of the group was presented at SIGN’s 20th anniversary event on 4 November 2013 with the title “The SIGN Healthcare Professionals in Training (HPiT) Group: What, Who, Why?” All posters can be viewed online.