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. In 2006 Tracy set up the Clinical Audit Support Centre with Stephen Ashmore.
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 has been involved in the delivery of training and education in relation to quality improvement for over 15 years. She delivers a wide range of accredited courses including clinical audit, clinical governance, significant event audit and root cause analysis. She holds a teaching qualification and currently acts as a moderator for a national academic organisation to quality assure a range of healthcare related courses. In 2004, Tracy collaborated with colleagues on “Teaching Clinical Audit the PCAG Way”, a resource pack that over 100 NHS Trusts now utilise to support local audit training programmes. In 2005/6, Tracy helped develop online training materials for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.
In addition to delivering training in quality assurance, Tracy has vast experience co-ordinating large complex multi-practice audit projects she had responsibility for co-ordinating the delivery of interface audit projects across a number of healthcare organisations.
Over the last ten years Tracy has contributed to many healthcare journals and articles have appeared in a wide range of publications, including – The Pharmaceutical Journal, British Journal of Community Nursing, Quality in Primary Care and Clinical Governance Bulletin. In 2005 Tracy was successful in submitting an abstract to the International Society for in Healthcare and subsequently presented at the conference in Vancouver. She has recently co-authored the methodology sections for the second edition of the textbook ‘Principles of Best Practice in Clinical Audit’.