With the transfer of the sector based Lead Provider back to a London-wide run training programme at the end of August, we are looking to see what work we can best undertake together in the year ahead within North West London. We no longer have the obligation to run formal sector-based committees every two months, but we have greatly valued coming together as a group of trainees and trainers over the last 4 years, so are committed to making this continue.
Following an initial discussion in the July STC, at our September meeting we co-designed a plan where, in addition to some time to discussion training issues and opportunities across the sector, we will work together over the next 12 months as a ‘quality improvement collaborative’.
In order to work out what themes, issues or projects we wanted to focus on, we ran three rounds of QI ‘speed dating’ to generate and then prioritise our change ideas. After lots of discussion and some voting we have come up with three clear front-running themes that we want to work on over the year ahead:
- Improving the quality of educational supervision
- Improving morale & resilience across trainees and trainers
- Introducing some ‘random acts of kindness’ into our workplaces
Each of these will need refining into focused achievable aims, that are underpinned by a series of agreed drivers and change ideas that we can work on, and that will be the focus of our next meeting in November where will be looking to frame each of these projects with a clear aim, primary and secondary drivers, and to begin to think about how we might measure whether any changes we make are an improvement.
We are going to base this work around the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s ‘Model for Improvement’ http://www.ihi.org/resources/Pages/HowtoImprove/default.aspx and will use an hour of each meeting to help support everyone to embed this work in their local units.
We also have the support of some really helpful cloud based QI Project Management software in the form of access to ‘Life QI’ https://www.lifeqisystem.co.uk/ Thanks to the support of our Academic Health Science Network in North West London, Imperial College Health Partners, any trainee or trainer can apply for this by registering on the site, with approval being granted through their home organisation.
So – three things for everyone to do before the meeting in November:
- register and then log in to Life QI and have a look around the site – there are lots of teaching resources and other projects to look at
- have a look at existing evidence, the grey literature, reports from other organisations (both within and outside healthcare) and talk to colleagues about what ideas are out there that might help us with our three themes.
- start thinking about how we refine these themes into strong aims, underpinned by a logical set of drivers
Many thanks for everyone’s input into designing this plan – very much looking forward to seeing lots of you on 14th November.