Quality Improvement Fellowship

Are you a registrar in a specialty training programme at ST3 level or above who has or is due to rotate to Sheffield Teaching Hospitals FT (STH) with an allocated NTN? 

Or are you a AfC Band 6-7 Nurse or Allied Health Professional employed by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals?

This is an opportunity to spend a year immersed in quality improvement with the Service Improvement Department at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. QI Fellows can expect to engage in the following learning/development opportunities:-

  • Learn from experts in complex team coaching, system redesign and systems analysts.
  • Develop a meaningful framework for continuous quality improvement that will change the way you see your career and health care in general, enabling you to improve patient outcomes and system performance.
  • Progress from traditional registrar level improvement knowledge focused on clinical expertise to acquiring the objective skills and knowledge required for continuous improvement as seen in high performing organisations throughout the world.
  • Join the Sheffield MCA coaching course and graduate as an improvement coach during your fellowship.  There will be an opportunity to coach a microsystem, the building blocks of the NHS, to allow them to improve/redesign how they work; all in the safety of a clinical environment away from your normal area of expertise.
  • Develop personally and professionally throughout the course of the year by getting the time and head-space to gain a different perspective.
  • Develop a network of like-minded colleagues who will help you engage in improvement work in the future.
  • Meet and work with influential leaders in the trust, take opportunities to teach, write for publication, present on national forums, participate in research or develop a personal interests in your field of medicine simultaneously.  This year is for you to acquire the skills to become a leader in your organisation.

Previous fellows have also undertaken a Post Graduate Cert. degree in an area of their professional interest.

Many opportunities arise throughout the year with past fellows having travelled to Switzerland, America, and Sweden in pursuit of specific aims and objectives, all supported by funding avenues independent of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  As these opportunities arise, we will ensure you have the best available information and guidance to achieve your goals.

If the description of the fellowship year resonates with your ambitions and you feel like you are working in “broken systems” but don’t know what the first improvement step should be, this may be the opportunity you have been waiting for…

Eligibility Criteria for Medical Registrars

  • Registered (or eligible to be registered) with the GMC / GDC with a licence to practice
  • Evidence of achievement of postgraduate medical training in line with GMC standards/Good Medical Practice
  • Satisfactory completion of clinical training
  • Attachments (RITA C or ARCP1) both in central (Teaching) and peripheral (District General) acute hospitals
  • Working in a specialty training programme at ST3 level or above which has or is due to rotate to STHFT with an allocated NTN.
  • Eligibility to work in the UK
  • Permission from TPD and CD to participate in fellowship starting February 2019.  (Post holder will be accepted pending approval of out of programme experience being acknowledged and granted in writing by TPD and CD.)

Elligibility Criteria for Nurses and AHPs

  • Employed by STH
  • AfC band 6 or 7
  • Permission from line manager to participate in the fellowship as a year long secondment starting February 2019.

Key Contacts

Further information on these fellowships can be obtained via the Service Improvement Office on 0114 271 3776:

Steve Harrison, Head of Quality Improvement steve.harrison@sth.nhs.uk

Dr Tom Downes, Clinical Lead for Quality Improvement tom.downes@sth.nhs.uk

Application Process

Please email a completed application form to steve.harrison@sth.nhs.uk by midnight on Monday 1st June 2018.

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