The CEC/RACP IS training program runs over 1 year and is supported by an initial 2-day face to face IS training workshop as well as online resources.
Participants are required to undertake a local improvement project which is related to a clinical service where challenges have been identified. It is the intent of the CEC and the RACP that the outcome and documentation of these projects should be of a publishable standard. It will be the responsibility of the Trainee to ensure that their project meets any and all ethical review requirements.
Each participant will have a supervisor, as for all RACP projects, and will also have a co-supervisor with expertise in IS.
Intake for the IS program is limited. If applications exceed the maximum number of program positions, each application will be reviewed and successful trainees informed of their acceptance prior to Tuesday 25 March 2020.
Trainees are required to:
- be registered as an Advanced Trainee with the RACP or have become a Fellow of the RACP within the past 2 years
- be undertaking a RACP-accredited clinical rotation in NSW between April 2020 and March 2021
- demonstrate commitment to self-directed learning
- possess skills in verbal and written communication to enable implementation of clinical practice improvement
- have a willingness to lead and influence others
- be able to work effectively with a broad range of clinicians and managers
- have an interest in creating a work environment that supports a learning culture and building the capability and potential of the clinical team
- have the desire to use routinely collected data more effectively to improve clinical practice
Trainees are likely to have many competing priorities and be extremely busy. For this reason, the program delivery will be as flexible as possible. There will be minimal pre-workshop reading to undertake and the clinical improvement project can be tailored to fit within the participant’s work schedule.
IS project recommendation
It is recommended that participants choose a project related to a rotation they will be on shortly after the IS workshop. To manage the project within your current workload, it is recommended that participants are in the same team at the beginning and the end of the project.
It is a requirement that the project team is interdisciplinary. Our experience has shown that involving other professional disciplines and a patient or family member in the project team has been most effective for project outcomes and participant satisfaction.
When IS program applications close, each trainee will need to have chosen a project idea and discussed it with their intended RACP supervisor. Further project discussion will occur at the face-to-face workshop held on the 10 and 11 March 2020.
Following the workshop, supervisors will be put in contact with co-supervisors/senior clinicians familiar with IS methodology, who are willing to provide advice throughout the project’s duration.
Support materials will be provided to each participant via email as well as online, in addition to several training modules.
Second team member
Participants are invited to bring along another member of the broader clinical team, for example a nurse or physiotherapist, for the CPI workshop. This enables the participant to gain a more rounded view of the methodology from a different perspective within the larger team.