The RCGP has produced this guidance for GP Trainees completing a Quality Improvement Project (QIP) as part of their training.
Engagement with Quality Improvement activities is a mandatory part of the curriculum for GP trainees (‘Gold Guide’ Reference Guide for Postgraduate Specialty Training in the UK, 7.32) and has become an established part of UK general practice.
Although it is not essential for every trainee to undertake a quality improvement project (QIP), those who have done so almost always find it a worthwhile educational experience relevant to their future everyday work as a GP. It can help to develop skills in leadership and team working as well as in quality improvement itself.
For those who wish to undertake QIP, the following guidance outlines how trainees might approach such a project, a structure for receiving formative feedback from the educational supervisor, and some tips on how to avoid common pitfalls. This guidance was originally developed as part of our proposals for a fourth year of GP training.