Supporting teams to improve care for people with atrial fibrillation in hospital

Supporting teams to improve care for people with atrial fibrillation in hospital is a 12-month QI course based on the IHI Breakthrough Collaborative model, aimed at clinical teams wanting to improve the atrial fibrillation management pathway in their Trusts.

Designed by the RCP Quality Improvement (RCPQI) programme, the course consists of three 1-day learning sessions plus supporting action periods (periods in between learning sessions for teams to progress their project in their Trust) and coaching calls.

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  • Wednesday 18 September - Friday 28 February 2020: Recruitment open
  • Friday 6 March 2020: Notification of successful teams
  • Early April 2020: Team introductory calls with RCPQI project manager – introduction to the programme and how to prepare for learning session 1
  • Wednesday 22 April 2020: Learning session 1 (location TBC)
  • May - August 2020: Action period 1 – including team coaching calls
  • Tuesday 15 September 2020: Learning session 2 (location TBC)
  • October - December 2020: Action period 2 – including team coaching calls
  • Wednesday 2 December 2020: Learning session 3 (location TBC)
  • Early March 2021 (date TBC): Sustainability webinar

Location of learning sessions will be decided when shortlisted teams have been announced, to ensure a reasonable location for all teams.

What you will learn

Physicians and their teams will be supported to implement improvements in the atrial fibrillation management pathway, using an evidence-based approach. You will join with other teams at the learning sessions to share practice and will be updated in methods of implementing and sustaining change for measurable improvements in care. Teams will receive coaching support in action periods between the sessions.

This breakthrough series collaborative will allow you to:

  • gain a better understanding of how to interpret the findings from your data
  • learn how to facilitate changes and improvements in patient care
  • grow your confidence in using quality improvement methodology in your day-to-day work

Who should attend?

This collaborative course is designed for people who want to improve care for patients and are motivated to achieve this using improvement techniques and incremental change.

Teams should comprise four core members from a wide variety of roles including (but not limited to) physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, managers and patients.

Wider teams may include more than four people working on the project in the trust, but four places per team is the maximum available for the learning sessions. If a team member is unable to make a given learning session then another member of the team may take their place.

Course fee

The cost of the course is £2,000 per team (+ VAT) for three taught learning sessions and all additional support from our QI faculty.

Teams will need to cover their own travel and, where necessary, accommodation costs.

How to apply

For more information on how to apply, please email with the subject title 'Atrial Fibrillation'. The deadline for receipt of application forms is 5pm, Friday 28 February 2020.