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Clinical Effectiveness Information Pack
This clinical effectiveness information pack is designed for use by community practitioners who want to gather and produce evidence about the quality and effectiveness of their work. The pack includes:
  • an introduction to clinical effectiveness with references which are particularly relevant and useful for nurses and health visitors working in community settings;
  • details of how to critically appraise papers and set up a clinical effectiveness group;
  • examples of clinical effectiveness information relating to specific areas of community practice.
The packs have been produced by a CPHVA working group which included a broad range of community practitioners, trainers, managers and others with an interest in clinical effectiveness and primary care.
How the pack can be used:
The pack can be seen as a starting point for considering clinical effectiveness in community practice. It is intended to support and stimulate further work at a local level looking at relevant issues and areas of practice. In can therefore be used by groups of practitioners, by facilitators and by students, and should be seen as a resource which can be added to as more information is gathered and analysed. The CPHVA will also produce extra material for the pack, for example the Clinical Effectiveness Bulletins.
The work which is generated through using this pack should enable practitioners to develop and update their knowledge and skills and can therefore be used towards the UKCC PREP requirements for maintaining registration
Sections 4 and 5 of the pack are deliberately empty for storage of personal papers. They could also be used for storage of CPHVA Clinical Effectiveness bulletins.
  • Introduction to the pack
  • Part One: Information about clinical effectiveness
  • Part Two: Practising for Clinical Effectiveness
  • Part Three: Examples of Clinical Effectiveness
  • , CPHVA Professional Officer (Education and Professional Development)
    CPHVA Clinical Effectiveness Officer
To obtain a pack, go to