Working through a quality improvement project example
Feb 2nd, 2022 by primarycareknowledgeboost
This episode is part 2 of our focus on Quality Improvement. This time Drs Lisa and Sara are joined by Dr Varshini Rajakulendran alongside Dr Joanna Bircher. Varshini is a GP who is on the NHS England fellowship, and she talks to us about a quality improvement example that she is currently working on around weight management. Joanna (our resident QI expert) has a passion for the subject and has been involved in writing guidelines and teaching for QI.
We hear why Varshini chose this particular project, and the context to it including enablers and barriers. Joanna then helps us break it down further, thinking about the tool used, considering the aim of the project, what was and could be measured and what ideas were implemented and tested during the project.
If you haven’t already, we recommend listening to “An Introduction to Quality Improvement” which provides some great initial theoretical knowledge about QI.
Quality Improvement Resources by the Royal College of General Practitioners: https://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/our-programmes/quality-improvement/quality-improvement-guide-for-general-practice.aspx
RCGP QI Ready: https://qiready.rcgp.org.uk/
Domains of Healthcare Quality: http://www.ihi.org/education/IHIOpenSchool/resources/Pages/Activities/DefiningQualityAimingforaBetterHealthCareSystem.aspx
Public Health England National General Practice Profiles: https://fingertips.phe.org.uk/profile/general-practice/data#page/8/gid/2000005/pat/166/par/E38000220/ati/7/are/M85736/yrr/1/cid/4/tbm/1
GP Patient Survey data: https://www.gp-patient.co.uk/
Prescribing data: https://openprescribing.net/
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Model for Improvement: http://www.ihi.org/resources/Pages/HowtoImprove/default.aspx
The Health Foundation booklet: Quality Improvement made simple, written by Bryan Jones, Esther Kwong and Will Warburton: https://www.health.org.uk/sites/default/files/QualityImprovementMadeSimple.pdf
RCGP Quality Improvement Webcast with Dr Joanna Bircher Aug 2019: https://youtu.be/BJSbvu3j0cE
The Q Community Webcast: ‘Can QI help us to match capacity and demand in General Practice with Dr Joanna Bircher’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RS-GMMZgbfw
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