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Quality Improvement Fellow Opportunity The East of England Multi-Professional Deanery, working in partnership with local education providers, is actively supporting the development of Medical and Non Medical trainees in the east of England through its ‘Quality Improvement Fellows’ initiative. The initiative, which is aimed at medical trainees and non medical personnel with a clinical background, aims to create a sustainable Quality Improvement Programme for the region that will both support focused Quality Improvement projects to improve patient experience and patient outcomes and create a cadre of clinicians that can employ and co-operate with others that employ Quality Improvement methodology. The Trust wishes to appoint a Medical and Non Medical Quality Improvement Fellow to join the first regional cohort due to commence their programme in Autumn 2012. Applications are therefore invited from individuals who wish to apply for the role, clearly articulating why they should be considered along with evidence of their eligibility to their Trust’s Medical Director asap. The criterion for the posts is outlined below: Non Medical Quality Improvement Fellow:

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Must be a substantive NHS employee based in the East of England and have the written support of their Line Manager. Continues in their existing role up to a maximum of 0.5WTE and undertakes their QIF role for 0.5WTE. Attached and reports to the Director of Nursing for the duration of the fellowship with linkages to other professional Leads. Works collaboratively with the medical Quality Improvement Fellow. Identifies a QI issue in conjunction with the host Director of Nursing and Medical Director (or equivalent in primary care) and develops a project improving outcomes. Recruits a project team relevant to their agreed topic. Will be a member and participant of a locally led Action Learning Set. Optional Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Quality Improvement during the duration of the fellowship.

Possible projects areas of work may include: • Medium term outcome for patients not conveyed to a healthcare facility • Implementation of the RAID mental health pathway • Management of frequent callers • Reducing the number of emergency hospital admissions for patients with long-term conditions.

Medical Quality Improvement Fellow:

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Must be a substantive trainee on an East of England Specialty Training programme based in the region at ST2 level or above and have the written support of their Educational Supervisor, TPD and Head of School. Continues in Specialty training 50% and undertakes QIF role 50% alongside this (6 months WTE as a QIF will be considered as Out of Programme Training (OOPT). Directly line managed by the Medical Director for the duration of their placement and is a member of the MD’s team. Is successfully proceeding through their training and has received an Outcome 1 from their most recent ARCP. Is based at the Trust or about to rotate to the Trust and is able to remain there for the duration of the fellowship. Works collaboratively with the Non Medical Quality Improvement Fellow. Identifies a QI issue in conjunction with the host Medical Director (or equivalent in primary care) and develops a project improving outcomes. Recruits a project team relevant to their agreed topic. Will be a member and participant of a locally led Action Learning Set. Optional Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Quality Improvement during the duration of the fellowship.

*Not open to individuals from other Deaneries or LATs/LASs.


East of England Quality Improvement Fellows Scheme

An opportunity to develop new skills in protected time out of training

Dear colleagues Can I encourage you to give this serious consideration? I am really exited by this initiative in the East of England. I know that many many junior doctors care deeply about clinical quality and patient safety and this is a way for an individual to put this into practice to improve quality on the ground. The specific projects could be tailored to suit the specialty interests of the individual. If you are eligible to apply then please do think of applying. I am very keen to make the project a success at West Suffolk and as a result you can be reassured that I will do everything I can to support and help the individual. Similarly the Dean, Prof Gregory, will also want the scheme to be seen to deliver both the quality improvement and to help trainees career progression. I would also say that this sort of thing on your CV is likely to make you highly appointable in the future when you do come to apply for a consultant job. In addition, it is highly beneficial to step back slightly form the day to day clinical rush and have time to think about the bigger picture and how to improve quality and safety. Even if you aren't currently eligible (you need to be ST2 or above) it is worth considering for future years. It is acknowledged that trainees may want to continue to be on call and we are happy to discuss this and the banding payments that would along with it. If you would like to discuss this with me, formally or informally, do be in touch or stop me in the corridor. I look forward to receiving you applications available via dermot.o’riordan@wsh.nhs.uk   Dermot O’Riordan  


East of England Quality Improvement Fellows Scheme