LTMD overview

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The aim of the Learning to Make a Difference (LTMD) initiative is to enable trainees to deliver change in practice through the acquisition of new knowledge and the practical application of skills within a quality improvement (QI) project using the model for improvement. LTMD also enhances the trainee's own learning and skills in order to make a visible difference to patient care within their organisations in a short timeframe.

Project background

Through the evaluation of trainee physicians, the Joint Royal Colleges of Physicians Training Board (JRCPTB) and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) became aware that the requirement ‘to do an audit’ had, in many cases for junior doctors, been little more than a data collection exercise with no subsequent learning, action or long-term consequences for patient care.

The LTMD project has specifically explored the acceptability and feasibility of introducing a QI project within core medical training, and tested one method for engaging and inspiring frontline junior doctors.

Interview with Emma Vaux, programme lead
Interview with Professor Jane Dacre, RCP president

Further reading