Using Quality Improvement to build sustainable value in healthcare
Today’s health professionals are expected not just to provide exemplary individual care, but also to contribute to systematically improving the services within which that care is delivered, using Quality Improvement (QI). In Kings College London (KCL) Year 4 students undertake the QI and Evidence Based Practice module, working in peer group teams (3-6 students) with a supervisor to complete a project in a clinical setting. The module has been running for 5 years training approximately 400 students and 100 supervisors delivering 100 projects per year across the healthcare system of South East of England. The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) worked with KCL to integrate sustainability into the module using the sustainable QI framework.
Through integrating sustainability into QI teaching in Medical School Education we address social and environmental challenges in healthcare as a core part of professional practice. A model which is being spread to other medical school settings. The impact of a single QI project can be high but by multiplying that across the whole year group and hopefully into all healthcare education settings we can see start to see real change happening.
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