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Evidence scan

Quality improvement training for healthcare professionals

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Published: August 2012

There is an increasing focus on improving healthcare in order to ensure higher quality. Training programmes have been developed to teach health professionals and students formal quality improvement methods.

This evidence scan explores the following questions:

  • What types of training about formal quality improvement techniques are available for health professionals?
  • What evidence is there about the most effective methods for training clinicians in quality improvement?

The scan looks at the content of training and the impact it is shown to have, as well as the effectiveness of different methods.

This is an essential area for further exploration and the scan shows that a great deal remains uncertain about training in quality improvement. This includes: the most appropriate content; how training can best be delivered to improve processes and patient outcomes; how to measure and ensure quality within training.





 
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Excellent summation of the evidence, education, and of issues in quality that challenge us all.

more please, notably as HEE is implemented.
This is a timely and very relevant document. Your Evidence Scan series is fantastic. Great work!
This evidence scan poses a lot of serious questions that are important for the future health care, educational systems and the value created with and for patients. The summaries and also quotations from references mirror some observations that needs more attention - like the importance of teamwork for improvement

‘Collaboration and teamwork do not just happen. Health professionals cannot be expected to work together collaboratively if they are not even exposed to one another during the formative educational training years.’356

Comment: Sometimes you could look upon health care as "a non-rehearsed play" - regarding both performance and the competence to make that system better...


This is an excellent piece, focusing in a number of places on the value training in clinical audit has on healthcare outcomes.

See our response at http://www.hqip.org.uk/assets/Core-Team/Position-Papers/08-01-13-Training-in-QI-update.pdf

Robin Burgess, CEO, Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership
Dear Sir/Madam,

my wife has extensive experience of working in the healthcare sector in Japan, where she was born - specifically in the area od administration and recruitment. However, she has had no direct working experience within the UK.

Would you be able to recommend any 'bridging' courses which would therefore be able to consolidate the experience she has had working in Japan, whilst allowing her, ultimately, to start working within this sector in the UK?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,
Mr Oliver H-Leverton.
Thank you for your query. Unfortunately the Health Foundation is not the right organisation to advise on bridging courses for employment in the NHS. The best place to begin looking is the NHS careers website, available at: http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/. Good luck with your search.

John Illingworth
Policy Manager
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