UCL Be The Change initiative started as a preparation for the quality improvement competition “Be The Change” among all five London medical schools organised by Dr Claire Stewart and The Health Foundation.\r\n\r\nWe are now a large student-led society consisting of medical and pharmacy students, running throughout the year and working on quality improvement projects.
Tell me, I may listen. Teach me, I may remember. Involve me, I will do it.Chinese Proverb
NHS is probably the best healthcare system in the world, but the reality is it loses money. As healthcare is changing, the NHS needs to become more efficient. The NHS five year forward view aims to increase NHS productivity by 2-3% and save £22 billion, but the average annual growth in the past 35 years ranges from 0.7% to 1.2%.
Undoubtedly, numerous incredible innovations will be implemented to achieve this ambitious goal in order to improve patient care and reduce the spending. I was just wondering why should medical students, a completely free service of young bright minds keen to work hard and help, be excluded from this disruptive change?
Medicine typically had a hierarchy which is detrimental to innovation, but to increase productivity we should make a full use of motivated medical trainees at all stages of their career. Money is spent on Care Quality Commission reports and regulating health and social care, and a significant proportion of clinicians’ valuable time is spent on completing required audits and quality improvement projects. Never before have motivated students been involved in these projects on a national scale.
We are using Slacka team collaboration tool used by leading tech companies in the world. We function as a small healthcare start up with group divisions, several meetings on a weekly basis, preparation for the competition, data collection and reflection on our performance.\r\n\r\nWe agree that for this disruptive change to succeed will need to have elements of technological, clinical, policy and economic advances. We use revolutionary technology like Touch Surgery to improve clinical skills of medical students and junior doctors, so they can provide even better care to their patients. We want to change policy so that patients’ own drugs are revised before new ones are prescribed, and we want to improve maternal confidence by illustrating common clinical presentations of newborns. We are aware that change takes time and progress is typically slow. However, that is why we focus on quality improvement… simple changes which can be implemented quickly and have a great impact!
Please let us be a part of this disruptive change and show that even medical students can achieve great things, in the end we are all working towards the same cause…