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Tracy Ruthven


Tracy Ruthven joined the NHS in 1994 and initially worked for the clinical audit team at North Staffordshire Hospitals NHS Trust. In 1997 she became Clinical Interface Audit Co-ordinator for Leicestershire Fosse NHS Trust before being appointed Deputy Manager at Leicestershire Primary Care Audit Group in 2000. Tracy left the NHS in 2006 and jointly set up the Clinical Audit Support Centre.

Tracy joined the NHS with a degree in English and Sociology from Keele University and was awarded a distinction in 1997 upon completing Leicester University’s Certificate in Clinical Audit Support. In the same year Tracy was also awarded a Diploma in Health and Social Welfare from the Open University. In 2006 Tracy graduated from the University of Birmingham with an MSc in Managing Quality in Healthcare. Tracy also holds a teaching qualification.

Tracy’s NHS based experience includes:

  • Collaboration on “Teaching Clinical Audit the PCAG Way”, a resource for sharing best practice teaching
  • Developing online training materials with Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain
  • Coordinating interface audit projects across Leicestershire
  • Developing a breastfeeding audit with health visitor colleagues cited by CPHVA as a best practice example.

CASC based experience includes:

  • Leading work in relation to the development of Significant Event Audit in Children’s Hospices
  • Developed and supported clinical audit and quality improvement programme for CASC’s chosen charity, Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People
  • Co-author of the methodology sections of New Principles of Best Practice in Clinical Audit (published 2011)
  • Working to support a wide range of national clinical audit and quality improvement activities including evaluation of the first-ever social care audit, delivery of train the trainer sessions and development of ground breaking RCA in clinical audit training sessions and guidance
  • Worked with organisations to review and manage their compliance to meet Care Quality Commission requirements
  • Jointly delivered training sessions in Gondar, Ethiopia to assist development of quality improvement activities in the region
  • Supported trusts and organisations with the delivery of complex clinical audit projects
  • Working to develop clinical audit guidelines for a large international health authority
  • Presented at a wide range of clinical audit conferences and events providing keynote and workshop presentations
  • Contributions to academic journals including The Pharmaceutical Journal, British Journal of Community Nursing, Quality in Primary Care and Clinical Governance Bulletin.

Away from work Tracy and her husband Ian enjoy travelling and watching live music.

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