Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme (PQIP) publishes first annual report

Royal College of Anaesthetists |Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme | April 2018

The Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme (PQIP) has published its first Annual Report.  The study led by the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia Health Services Research Centre, on behalf of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) and a range of stakeholders, with the aim of improving patient outcomes from major surgery.

Since PQIP’s inception in 2017, over 6,500 patients have been recruited from 79 hospitals across England.  The report outlines PQIP’s five national improvement opportunities for 2018-19.  Among them are: a focus on individualised risk assessment, adherence to enhanced recovery principles,  implementation and adherence to enhanced recovery pathways,  and the optimisation of anaemia, diabetes, and postoperative pain.


Dr Liam Brennan, President of the RCoA, said:  “PQIP demonstrates that while there are pockets of excellence across the NHS, no hospital as yet offers a complete perioperative medicine package for every patient. All hospitals are encouraged to participate in this programme to enhance the delivery of perioperative care across the whole of the NHS .” (Royal College of Anesthetists)

The full press release from the Royal College of Anesthetists can be read here 

More details can be found at PQIP’s website 

The full report can be read here