Students leading change in the NHS – #StudentLedChange
We became medical students because we wanted to help people, and we wanted to be challenged. While on clinical placements, all students are exposed to wide-ranging variations in healthcare practice, performance and culture. Comparing the differences between good and bad practice is essential to the learning process. But what should we do when we see an opportunity to improve patient care?
The NHS is in a constant state of flux. Being able to make an impact is motivating to us as students, makes things better in the NHS, and prepares us for our clinical careers. There are about 110,000 nursing, medicine and other clinical and allied health students studying at any one time. The problem that we have to deal with is that, though all health care students have to do quality improvement projects as part of their courses, most of these are never documented or publicised, and their learning is lost.
Students are often given the impression that change shouldn’t be coming from them, that they aren’t equipped to make a change until they have a qualification.
For Fab Change Day 2016 we want to bring together all students to learn from each other and work together to lead improvement in the NHS. Whenever you talk with a patient, ask “What can I do to improve your care today?”, and see that it is done. The QuID database has been created for students to share their ideas for improving care, and to grow a community of experienced practitioners to help others to complete their projects. QuID also allows you to find collaborators to help reapply your ideas elsewhere – get involved to share your learning nationally and improve the NHS as a whole.
- Join QuID. It’s free and takes five minutes. Tweet when you’ve done it
- Look at the projects already on QuID and see if there’s one you could apply locally. Look at your own projects and see what can be uploaded to QuID. By sharing your learning, you can inspire others and spread the lessons learned.
- Take responsibility for improving the quality and safety of the NHS, by getting involved in local quality improvement organisations via the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School, www.ihi.org, your local patient safety groups and quality improvement collaboratives.