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About the QIPs 

  • The aim of the QIPs is to produce well designed and meaningful audit which results in tangible change in the workplace and sustainably improved patient care.
  • All F2s must be involved in a QIP and the work will be overseen and guided by the team in OxSTaR together with the Department of Medical Education in the OUHT but ownership of the projects will very much lie with the F2s involved. 
  • If you are already involved in a project please contact so that we can keep a record of your aims.
  • The team members for each QIP must be multidisciplinary and can include healthcare professionals from any background working in the clinical area where the project is ongoing. This is an essential feature of every project and is necessary to ensure sustainability and memory of the work done by those who will remain after the F2s move on.
  • You do not have to start your QIP within the specialty you are currently working in (although from previous experience we would suggest you do) - you may have a specific interest in another area and wish to start there.
  • Some of you may not be able to begin a QIP within your current placement if this is the case please let us know why and how and where you are going to become involved in a project during this year.
  • Those of you who are not currently placed within the OUHT may wish to discuss these QIPs with your clinical supervisors (e.g. in GP or Psychiatry) - if they are interested and would like to know more about the projects please ask them to contact Wendy Washbourn.
  • Facilitators for each project may be nominated by the F2s designing the QIP or suggested by OxSTaR where necessary - they will usually be someone with a specific interest in the clinical specialty concerned.
  • QIPs should follow the PDSA (Plan Do Study Act) process - useful information can be found from OxSTaR (PDSA) and the NHS Institute (PDSA).
  • All QIPs must be presented in poster form at the end of the year and submitted for judging (details regarding this process will be sent out closer to the time along with advice on how to design a poster in PowerPoint)
  • There will be significant prizes at the end of the year for the best projects and these will be presented by the Director of Medical Education, Professor Claire Pulford at a special award ceremony where all the posters will be displayed and presentations of the best projects will be made.

What topics should the QIPs focus on?

At the heart of all these projects should lie an aspiration to change a process or resolve a problem in a clinical area which will be of benefit to patients. You will be given specific direction on the current priorities at your QiP induction talk. The key areas of concern listed below:

OUH strategy document

Download the 2019-2020 Themes and Projects table here

The above listed topics are deliberately broad-based and you may have other ideas for projects but these subjects are pertinent issues within the Trust.

OUH Quality Priorities

In addition, the OUH defines their own quality priorities:

Patient Safety

  • Reducing Never Events - particularly around safe surgery and procedures
  • Launching the new version of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS2)
  • Patient Safety Response Teams
  • Reducing stillbirth

Clinical effectiveness

  • Sepsis care – antibiotics within one hour
  • Reducing the number of 'stranded' patients
  • Digital - rollout of the SurgiNet module in Cerner Millennium

Patient experience

  • Patient Portal to support better interaction with hospital services
  • Care of patients with mental health issues
  • Home Assessment Reablement Team (HART) services