Thanks to all of the trainees, tutors & TPDs who came together for another superb North West London specialty training committee (STC) meeting on Tuesday. It is a real privilege to be part of such an energetic and committed group of people, and really exciting that there is so much commitment from everyone to keep meeting as a sector within our Bi-Monthly ‘School of Paediatrics Tuesdays’.
We spent some time focusing on how trainees might get more exposure to the leadership & management side of the consultant role, and the Trust Reps committed to exploring a half-day trial of shadowing on of their service managers, business partners, general managers or member of their Executive Team at some point in the next 2 months. We also touched on Paired Learning – do have a look at the evaluation document and the toolkits as they might give some useful ideas around this. We have run this at Imperial for a number of years, and I know there are current programmes at GSTT and GOSH, and others have run them too.
We also mentioned three other excellent organisations for leadership learning resources: The King’s Fund, the Health Foundation and the Nuffield Trust and highlighted the King’s Fund report out last week: Organising care at the NHS frontline, which may well be of interest.
We were also very inspired by the QI session that Jane Runnacles and colleagues led earlier in the afternoon and began to develop the idea that we could think of ourselves as a ‘Quality Improvement Collaborative’ and use our time together at these afternoons (ie 6 times a year) to support, mentor and coach a series of QI projects that run across our different departments within two themes (a) ensuring the patient voice is at the heart of what we do and (b) improving our trainee’s experience of training.
We are going to do some more thinking on this over the next 2 months and will use our July meeting to put some concrete plans together, with the aim that we launch this in September as a sector approach. As we discussed there are lots of great resources available which can support us in this work (eg QI4U, the IHI Open School, the likely availability of Life QI within the sector), so we will be looking to see how we best utilize these to support our work.
We will very much look forward to keeping these discussions going in July, but please get in touch in the meantime if you have ideas.