NELA Trainee Prize at ASGBI

We are delighted to announce that NELA and ASGBI will be awarding a Trainee prize at the 2019 International Surgical Congress. 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 a dedicated NELA session.

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

Further Information on NELA

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 time-scales.

So although NELA has the word ‘Audit’’ in it, the only 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 the 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 presentation/poster will be judged on:

  • Whether it demonstrates use of local NELA data;
  • Whether it uses established QI methodology;
  • Has multi-disciplinary involvement (ideally);
  • Whether it demonstrates an improvement in process or outcome.

The closing date for abstract submissions is 1200 hours on Friday 18th January 2019.

The prize will be awarded during the Prize Giving Reception on Wednesday 8th May 2019.