In Health care we always need to improve patient quality and safety. Therefore from an employer’s perspective, it is very important that future employees have knowledge about Quality Improvement (QI) work. Together the Faculty of Health Sciences of Linköping University and the County Council of Östergötland have designed a learning experience where undergraduate students participate and learn about QI work in clinical practice.
Our two organizations started this project together in 2006 with an investigation. Then we begun the work with each semester as a testcycle which were evaluated. After decisions and planning we started in full scale in January 2011. Each semester, about 300 undergraduate students, in interprofessional teams, learn about Quality Improvement in 45 clinical settings, supervised by a tutor and a member of the clinical team.
Since we started the outcome of the project is measured as improvement in
student, staff and patient value. The results have been used to continuously improve the project itself. The satisfaction in the different groups has improved over time. We will show data of this at the presentation.
This is an example of large scale implementation in two different organizations. There are also a lot of interests involved, students, tutors, staff, patients and leaders in our two companies.
In the workshop experiences from this large scale implementation performed in cooperation between the university and the health care providers will be described. One of the student projects will also be presented. After that we invite to a discussion with the audience regarding the project and to problematize around large scale implementation. Our suggested time table is 45 min for presentation and 45 minutes for questions and discussion.
We also plan for more presentations of student projects in poster format to be shown in the lecture hall.
Nordic Conference on Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice, February 5-6, 2013, Linköping, Sweden