Choosing a project
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 just fill in the form 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.
- The plan is to allocate people to key ares of concern in the Trust according to the clinical area they are working in. However, 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 - please just make that very clear on your form.
- 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 and the NHS Institute.
- 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:
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.
Sustainability QI Projects (SQUIP)
Providing healthcare has a huge environmental impact which produces a healthcare burden in itself, let alone the wider issues. The Trust Sustainability Working Group (sustainabilityWG@ouh.nhs.uk) has recently formed to coordinate ongoing sustainability activity, identify areas for improvement, and support staff engaging with sustainability. The energy and ideas of foundation doctors are needed to make the NHS sustainable for another 70 years. Dr Higham is kindly supporting sustainability activity in the QUIP programme that will qualify for your portfolios.
A SQUIP is like any other quality improvement project in terms of process, but the focus is on sustainability activity. If you like the idea of driving improvement in the Trust and saving the planet and humankind at the same time, this is your chance. The aim isn’t to displace/compete/duplicate the current QIP programme, but support sustainability projects within it. Contact sustainabilityWG@ouh.nhs.uk when you are developing your project so we can help you succeed. We are also coordinating business plan training to take you SQUIPs to the ‘next level’, and ear-marked sustainability project funding in the future for effective programmes that can be rolled out to other departments.
Further information is available here.
OUH Quality Priorities
In addition, the OUH defines their own quality priorities. The below list taken from:
- Reducing never events
- Launching and embedding the National Early Warning Score
- Patient Safety Response teams
- Reducing still births
- Patient portal – better interaction with hospital services