Engaging Trainees in their own QI Projects

Engaging Trainees in their own QI Projects

London School of Paediatrics – Change Champions

An engaging, fun and dynamic experience to engage trainees in their own QI projects in real clinical environments with a good balance of teaching and mentorship.

The London School of Paediatrics (LSP) Quality Improvement Programme was commissioned to up-skill trainees to support Quality Improvement projects. It was commissioned to encourage multi-professional team working, engaging patients and developing faculty teaching. QIC Ltd developed QI mentors within this programme to assist both local spread and to add value and sustain future learning courses.

The LSP programme was undertaken by an enthused, skilled group of Paediatric doctors in 2017. They were keen to participate in a blended learning programme. Typically access and availability of QI training to Paediatric trainees in London is very variable with patchy mentorship and support for projects. Our programme offered experiential learning on their own project over a period of time, with peer learning and support, experienced mentors and unique learning alongside a patient/carer.

QIC designed a blended learning programme which enabled the learners to benefit not only from face to face workshops but online and virtual sessions in between to really keep momentum and learner engagement at its peak.

Jane Runnacles, Consultant Paediatrician observed “The online and learning set support was invaluable to allow the trainees to make progress with their QI projects. It was motivating and helped overcome challenges and hurdles along the way.”

Through working with LSP, QIC have helped them to value the importance of really understanding the problem at the start in order to make progress with a QI project, and taking time to work with the trainees to collect baseline data that is meaningful.

Talking about their work culture, Jane Runnacles reflected “We often skip to the solutions and try to fix the problems!” The participants found the programme enjoyable and rewarding, commenting on the importance of the learning sets and mentors. They all seemed enthused to get involved in more QI in the future! An incredibly rewarding outcome for all involved in the delivery.

Measurable Output

Knowledge and confidence in using the Model for Improvement improved throughout the programme with over 35% of participants reporting it was the first time they had seen the model in the first workshop. See the poster link for the full results and demonstration of capturing data.

A measurable output from the LSP QI programme, was a QI Poster

The final poster was an excellent opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the trainees and to illustrate their programme evaluation thus display the benefits of the programme to stakeholders. “The help that QIC gave in producing the poster made this very easy to achieve” Jane Runnacles. She went on to say… “The highlight was meeting up the trainees with their fantastic posters at the IHI/BMJ International forum for Quality and Safety in Healthcare, illustrating the success of the programme.”

5 abstracts were accepted and 5 posters were presented.

Working with QIC to deliver this QI training saved both admin and preparation time in coordinating/organizing the participants, preparing the taught face to face sessions & WebEx learning, and having access to experienced mentors/QI experts for project support. This expertise in delivering engaging and interactive face to face sessions and submitting the work to conferences was invaluable.

Why did we work with QIC? “Nikki and Laura were committed to making the programme a success with lots of energy and ideas. Their approach is flexible and adaptive, really understanding the demands on clinicians’ time and how the real clinical environment works. ”