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FFFAP improvement collaborative

What we are doing

The Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP) delivered an improvement collaborative based on the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s breakthrough collaborative model*. The collaborative supported nine teams participating in the National Hip Fracture Database and National Audit of Inpatient Falls and ran from November 2021 to September 2022.

The course

The course consisted of:

  • Three half-day virtual learning sessions
  • Support in between the learning sessions for teams to progress their project within their organisation; where teams were provided with coaching calls to help guide them and develop their own improvement capabilities.
  • Finishing with an improvement showcase where teams presented their projects and results so far.

The course was designed for small multidisciplinary teams (consultants, trainee doctors, nurses, administrators, managers, patients etc) to ensure adequate representation and views are included from across organisations.

The collaborative was open to teams who were registered in the National Audit of Inpatient Falls (NAIF), the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) and/or the Fracture Liaison Service Database (FLS-DB), and cost £1,000 per team to participate.

The support

Teams received support in refining their aims, how to use and measure their data, understanding the wider impacts of improvement projects and the tools needed to implement further improvement projects locally. Alongside the training, the learning sessions were an opportunity to network and share learning with other similar services. In between the learning sessions, teams received coaching calls to help guide and develop their ideas.

Next steps

An evaluation has been written based on the experiences and information we have gathered over throughout the collaborative and will be published at the end of 2022.

The overall experience and learning from the collaborative is aiding the development of new FFFAP improvement support and will be shared in early 2023.

*The Breakthrough Series: IHI’s Collaborative Model for Achieving Breakthrough Improvement. IHI Innovation Series white paper. Boston: Institute for Healthcare Improvement; 2003. (Available on www.IHI.org).

What we have produced

This resource will outline key considerations for your role as an improvement coach.