Below are a list of exciting course and projects that you can apply for or get involved in.  Please contact the course or project leads directy for further information.

Business Skills Internship Programme (2011-2012)

Applications are now invited from Advanced Trainees for business skills internship programme 2011-2012 at Avon Wiltshire Partnership NHS Trust. The aim of the programme is to help advanced trainees acquire essential skills of good management and leadership.

Development of Care Packages - Regional Mental Safety Initiatives

The Trust leads regionally on two aspects of mental health delivery namely the development of care packages in support of the payment by results care clusters and, secondly, is a key player in the recently established SW mental health safety improvement project.

Dr Julie Hankin, Clinical Director for Service Improvement, leads for the Trust in both spheres.

There are four opportunities immediately available to assist in the work each of which could be developed as a formal management training project with at least one offering an opportunity for a longer piece of work (the regional safety improvement project).

Interested and enthusiastic higher trainees who can devote a session of two of their dedicated training time to this work are now invited to contact Dr Hankin or call 0117 9597583 who will be happy to answer questions and describe the project briefs.

If you want to make general enquiries about the internship programme please contact Dr Basit Hussain.

Appointment will be through application . Please mail all applications with a covering letter of interest along with your CV to Rebecca Braithwaite, Medical Education Manager based at Woodland View, Brentry Lane, Westbury on Trym, Bristol BS10 6NB.

The projects are as follows:

Development of specialist care packages in interventions for psychotic disorders

Project lead / Mentor – Dr Julie Hankin

Brief Description

Leading a scoping exercise with heads of profession, senior clinicians, service users, finance and activity to map out and provisionally cost evidence based specialist packages and different ways of delivering them in psychotic disorders linking to national work around payment by results in the department of health and the professional bodies. Produce recommendations including health economic considerations and best resource utilisation.

Development of B level care packages interventions in non psychotic disorders

Project lead / Mentor – Dr Julie Hankin

Brief Description

Leading a scoping exercise with heads of profession, senior clinicians, service users, finance and activity to map out and provisionally cost evidence based specialist packages and different ways of delivering them in non-psychotic disorders linking to national work around payment by results in the department of health and the professional bodies. Produce recommendations including health economic considerations and best resource utilisation.

Development of care packages in support of medication management

Project lead / Mentor - Dr Julie Hankin

Brief Description

Working with senior pharmacists and medics to scope potential ways of using care packages, prescribing guidelines and outcome measures to improve quality and efficiency of medication use within the trust. Will involve literature reviews and liaison with national and international work, development of a proposal and potentially lead on pilot work.

A deputising role in the NHS South West regional mental health safety improvement project

Being lead by the Chief Executive of 2getherFT in partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. This will provide real developmental opportunities for ongoing work in the field.

Project lead / Mentor – Dr Julie Hankin

Brief Description

Joining the SW quality and safety faculty as a developmental role and as deputy for Dr Hankin when she is unable to attend. Jointly leading with Dr Hankin development within the trust of four workstreams – leadership, medicines management, safe and reliable care and Patient and family centered care and communication. Supporting pilot frontline teams to work within these streams to identify their own improvement needs and develop, run and measure tests of change. Training in the IHI service improvement methodology would be part of the work. The next regional learning set is the 24 and 25 May, it would be good if any interested candidates could attend even if they do not pursue the project

Preparation for Revalidation

Pilot to evaluate feasibility of medical performance scorecard for use in medical appraisal.

Project Lead / Mentor- Dr Harvey Rees- Consultant Psychiatrist and Deputy Medical Director.

Brief Description of Project

To prepare for the launch of Medical Revalidation in 2012, AWP has to demonstrate organisational readiness in medical appraisal and clinical governance processes that are fit for purpose. Several higher trainees have contributed thus far in developing appraisal policies and procedures and scoping the existing Trust performance data with relevance to medical performance. This development project will take this work forward in AWP’s preparation for revalidation

In clinical governance, employing organisations have a responsibility to make readily available appropriate performance data for medical staff (relating to individual and team) using existing clinical governance reporting systems to ensure doctors have appropriate information to present at appraisal.

This opportunity relates develops work initiated by an SpR who is now on maternity leave. The main objective is to lead a pilot to develop a medical performance scorecard for Consultants/SAS doctors working in in-patient environments. As an experience in project management, this requires liaison with the AWP Performance team and medical workforce, evaluating and reporting on the feasibility/utility of the tool as an aid to the appraisal process.

The time commitment would be approximately 1-2 sessions/week and represents an exciting innovative opportunity in looking at medical performance and outcome measures through quality governance processes and would be invaluable experience for any SpR interested in management.

Dr Harvey Rees would offer regular supervision and full support and the SpR would join a wider team that includes the Deputy Director of Performance and Medical Director.

If any higher trainees are interested they can contact Harvey Rees by e-mail or by telephone on 01179 597572 for further discussion. This is project management for approximately 6-12 months and time commitment flexible, any meetings can be arranged to include SpR(s).

 

MSc in Mental Health Service and Population Research - Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

This exciting programme provides students with a comprehensive grounding in the scientific methods and practical skills that are the foundation for effective mental health research. It also offers a diverse range of specialist study modules, enabling students to focus on areas of particular interest during the latter part of their studies. Students are based in the Health Service and Population Research Department, recipient of a Queen’s Anniversary Award for work of outstanding excellence in the field of mental health education and research. Teaching and supervision is provided by faculty members who are nationally and internationally recognised for their research expertise.

Clinical Research Placement Scheme - Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

The scheme offers students the opportunity to undertake a practical internship based in an academic or clinical setting. It allows participants to acquire vital experience of working in clinically focussed research and to put newly acquired theoretical knowledge into practice.

By the end of the programme, students will be fully equipped to carry out rigorous high quality research in real world settings, from formulation of research questions to preparation of findings for publishing. The course is ideally suited for psychology and social science graduates, clinicians interested in mental health research, and those preparing for Clinical Psychology or PhD training.  A limited number of Health Service and Population Research Departmental Scholarships are also available for this programme.

For further information about the programme, please visit the Institute of Psychiatry - King's College London website.