The first placement that you are assigned to at the start of year 4 will be your 'project site' where you will undertake your QI project (unless you are assigned to a GP practice for your QI project). You will also be assigned to a team of between four and six students, as you will be undertaking a team based quality improvement project, which you will conduct as part of a Quality Improvement and Evidence Based Practice module in Stage 3, Year 4 of the MBBS curriculum.
You will have protected time every Wednesday morning to work on your QI project, but you may well need to undertake some project related activities at other times, such as data collection. Finally, you will be assigned to a QI Project Supervisor. Your supervisor may or may not be a clinician, but they will have experience in quality improvement.
If your project site is at a peripheral trust, you may rotate back to a central cluster site for the remainder of your clinical blocks; however your team mates will be rotating through the clinical blocks together, so even when not 'on site', you will have ample time and opportunity to work on your project together. You can take it in turns to return back to the project site, for example to collect data, and you will be able to claim for reasonable travel expenses.
The QI & EBP Module includes online e-learning lessons and recommended reading on quality improvement in healthcare, and provides you with the knowledge you need, but the QI project helps you apply what you've learned. This guide includes six lessons that walk you through the six steps involved in completing a QI project.
Online e-learning lessons ‘Improving the Quality of Healthcare’ and QI Project Guide for Students
These interactive e-learning compulsory courses provide an introduction to quality improvement and an overview of how to plan and undertake a quality improvement project, taking you step-by-step through the principles and processes involved, and introducing some effective tools that students can use for a successful QI project.
Optional: IHI Open School series of seven online courses on Improvement Capability
This series of seven online courses developed by the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, provides more in depth teaching to increase the capability of students to apply QI methods to improve patient care and the patient experience. The courses are not mandatory, and although they are highly recommended, you may elect to use the time allocated for self-directed independent study.