The Improvement Fellows programme aims to create a network of people who have the enthusiasm, motivation and capability to drive improvement within their organisations and professional communities.
Improvement has never been more important for health and social care. The 2013 Berwick review into patient safety, A promise to learn: a commitment to act, stated that “the most important single change in the NHS… would be for it to become, more than ever before, a system devoted to continual learning and improvement of patient care, top to bottom and end to end.”
What is the partnership doing?
UCLPartners established the Improvement Fellows programme in 2016 to connect people, provide opportunity for open dialogue in a safe environment away from the usual workplace, offer time and space to reflect and plan, as well as creating the opportunity for more tangible learning to bring the benefits back to participants’ local organisations.
Following the success of the first two cohorts of Fellows, the third cohort brought together 28 individuals from a range of backgrounds; from primary and acute care, to mental health and social services, junior doctors and GPs to allied health professionals and general management. There will be a fourth cohort in 2019.
Through the Improvement Fellows Programme, they will support each other, their own organisations and others in delivering better results for patients and populations. Importantly, they will also better equip themselves and their organisations to progressively improve over time.
Over the twelve-month programme, the Improvement Fellows will:
- Take part in workshops, including masterclasses on improvement from experts, and have the opportunity to reflect and explore their ideas, challenges and priorities with faculty and colleagues
- Develop as a network of like-minded people to build a community to turn to for inspiration, support and expertise that go beyond their current local and professional networks and endure over time
- Access wider communities of improvers, such as the Q Initiative participants from UCLPartners’ region
- Utilise learning resources including a free subscription to IHI’s Open School.
Organisations will benefit not only from the development of participants, but also from better access to great ideas, opportunities and talent from across the system, which can then be harnessed and deployed for wider benefit.
The Improvement Fellows Programme is led by Kate Hall, Director of Capability, UCLPartners.
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