Supporting teams to improve secondary fracture prevention care

'Supporting teams to improve secondary fracture prevention care' is a 9-month QI course based on the IHI Breakthrough Collaborative model, aimed at clinical teams working on preventing secondary fractures 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.

Course dates and locations

  • w/c 4 February 2019: Introductory calls – introduction to the programme and how to prepare for learning session 1
  • 27 February 2019: Learning session 1 (Central London location TBC)
  • March–May 2019: Action period 1 – including individual coaching calls
  • May 2019 (date TBC): Learning session 2 (RCP North Offices, Liverpool)
  • May–October 2019: Action period 2 – including individual coaching calls
  • 11 October 2019: Learning session 3 (Cardiff location TBC)

What you will learn

Physicians and their teams will be supported to implement improvements in fracture prevention services in Hospitals, 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 fracture prevention champion

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 £1,000 per team (+ VAT) 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

For more information on how to apply, please email with the subject title 'Preventing secondary fractures collaborative'. Due to increased demand in this collaborative, the deadline for receipt of applications has been brought forward to Friday 18 January.