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Ulster Med J. 2018 May;87(2):112-116. Epub 2018 May 30.

Helping doctors in training to STEP-UP: A leadership and quality improvement programme in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.

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Clinical Education Centre, Elliot Dynes, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, BT12 6BA.

Abstract

Introduction:

Medical engagement in healthcare organisations can improve service development and patient experience. Doctors in training have limited opportunities to engage in service improvement work and develop leadership skills.

Method:

We describe the Specialist Trainees Engaged in Leadership Programme (STEP), a programme developed to introduce concepts of medical leadership and quality improvement skills in the Belfast Trust. STEP started in 2013 and over 140 trainees have now participated in the programme.

Results:

Over 42 quality improvement projects have been completed with the support of the programme. Evaluation of STEP has demonstrated an improvement across all domains explored throughout the duration of the programme, with benefits for the individual trainee and the wider organisation.

Discussion:

We describe the programme in detail. The STEP curriculum can easily be adapted to meet the needs of NHS trainees, allowing them to understand the objectives and strategy of their employers and improve their ability to plan and deliver safe, effective, patient-centred care.

KEYWORDS:

Education; Leadership; Medical; Quality Improvement

PMID:
29867266
PMCID:
PMC5974639
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