The West of England Academy now underpins all the learning and development activities we organise and deliver and aims to continually increase the number of healthcare professionals across the region with the skills and knowledge to deliver long-term, sustainable improvements in patient care. As part of this, we are setting up and training a new network of Improvement Coaches.
These Improvement Coaches will be staff from our member organisations who can support colleagues to plan and deliver improvement projects that will make a real and positive difference to patient safety and care.
We are inviting Chief Executive Officers from each organisation to select up to three members of their staff to take on this role. Nominations are required by 8 January 2016.
The ideal Improvement Coach will have experience of using basic improvement tools in the planning, testing and implementation of a change that has led to a measurable improvement in their organisation. They will be in a position of influence within the organisation and, as enthusiasts for improvement, they will relish the opportunity to learn how to coach others.
The induction training will consist of three offsite training days and two 90-minute webinars. Further WebEx and face-to-face training will be provided through an optional rolling training programme to continually build capability within a network of peers who will be encouraged to share and learn from one another.
For those who miss out in this first wave, there will be further opportunities as more cohorts are established later in 2016 and 2017.
The longer term ambition is to build a network of Improvement Coaches within each health community to support delivery of the Five Year Forward Plan, by offering each other peer support, accessing advanced master classes and sharing knowledge and learning.
At the same time, the West of England Academy will continue to encourage and support all staff keen to use improvement tools and techniques to deliver better care for their by providing online access to tools and templates.
If you wish to apply to be an Improvement Coach, please speak to your Chief Executive for an application form. You’ll also need to get executive sponsorship to support your application.
The deadline for the submission of applications is 8 January 2016.
For more information contact:
David Evans, QI Programme Manager
0117 900 2249