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Improvement Science Fellowships

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Is there any similarity or differences, between policy analysis, as in analysis for (or of), policy, and 'improvement science'. I always thought that the role of research in the policy -making process, ensured if done correctly, that improvements in delivery of outcomes defined by that policy would improve, or be re-defined. Is improvement science a 'new methodology' or is it existing techniques to policy making, that are being used in a new way or set into a new context or language.?


Improvement science is broader than policy analysis. It is research which is focused on developing and testing methodologies for improvement of the delivery of health services and then researching how best to implement these in practice to improve the safety, value and quality of care. Improvement science research may involve policy analysis, to investigate a particular approach to improve healthcare. For example researching changing policy on healthcare regulation to understand how regulation either facilitates improvement or acts as a barrier to improvement, but improvement science does not stop at the policy analysis. The next stage is to work with healthcare services to understand the methods for local improvement which best work with the regulatory framework, then disseminate these methods to enable wider implementation.
What an exciting opportunity. I found this through our intranet at KHP and is timely because I feel the need to have some practical service improvemnet experince to include QI as a part of my clinical work in future. I have experience in service improvement and have had the advantage of a previous 1 year leadership fellowship programme (darzi fellowship) and I am in my 2nd year of an executive MBA. However, I dont have a MD or PhD. Am I eligble to apply?
Hi Pratima, unfortunately you are not eligible to apply to this programme. We do require an MD or PhD / PhD equivalent qualification.
Thanks for replying. I will continue to look out for similar schemes.
Is a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology accepted as a PhD equivalent qualification?
Yes, a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology would be accepted as PhD equivalent.
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