Supporting teams to improve care for people with diabetes when in hospital

'Supporting teams to improve care for people with diabetes when in hospital' is an 8-month collaborative training course for clinical teams working on inpatient diabetes. 

Designed by the RCP Quality Improvement (RCPQI) programme, the course consists of three 1-day learning sessions plus supporting action periods and coaching calls.

Course dates and locations

South of England cohort

  • March 2018: Introductory calls – introduction to the programme and how to prepare for learning session 1
  • 21 March 2018: Learning session 1 (Holiday Inn Regent’s Park, London)
  • March–June 2018: Action period 1 – including individual coaching calls
  • 28 June 2018: Learning session 2 (Holiday Inn Regent’s Park, London)
  • June–September 2018: Action period 2 – including individual coaching calls
  • 19 September 2018: Learning session 3 and celebration (Holiday Inn Regent’s Park, London)

North of England cohort

  • March 2018: Introductory calls – introduction to the programme and how to prepare for learning session 1
  • 11 April 2018: Learning session 1 (RCP North, Liverpool)
  • April–July 2018: Action period 1 – including individual coaching calls
  • 4 July 2018: Learning session 2 (RCP North, Liverpool)
  • July–October 2018: Action period 2 – including individual coaching calls
  • 3 October 2018: Learning session 3 and celebration (RCP North, Liverpool)

What you will learn

Physicians and their teams will be supported to implement improvements in the delivery of care for people with diabetes when in hospital, 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 quality improvement collaborative course 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
  • become a quality improvement champion for inpatient diabetes.

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 three or four members, ideally including one physician, one manager and one other healthcare professional. If possible, please consider including a patient as a member of your team.

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.

What do I need to do?

Teams should have identified one area of care within their service where national benchmarked data shows the need for improvement.

You need to plan to come as a team for the entire course. Teams must be committed to meet fortnightly, at a minimum, to progress their project during the improvement collaborative.

Course fee

The cost of the course is £3,000 per team for three taught learning sessions and all additional support.

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

How to book

If you are interested in attending this course please download the registration form and submit a signed and completed copy to rcpqi@rcplondon.ac.uk.

There are spaces for up to 10 teams for each cohort and teams places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

You will need to provide the names, job titles, NHS trust and contact details of the team you plan to bring and contact details for arranging payment of course fees, as well as indicating which of the cohorts your team would like to register for.