Training Case Studies - Silver Quality Improvement Training

Quality Improvement Training (silver) – Rebecca Saunders, Emergency Medicine Registrar


“Attending the QI silver training has given me a solid grounding to move forward with my Quality Improvement project.”

Rebecca Saunders is an emergency medicine registrar, working mostly on the shop floor at York Hospital, but due to recent injury and surgery, has taken on more administrative and project based work over the past 3 months. As part of Rebecca’s medical training she is required to complete a Quality Improvement project, but with little education about this available through mandatory training, she decided to attend the Silver QI Training course to learn more about what is expected of her.

The projects Rebecca is currently involved in are:

  • Clearing the cervical spine in elderly patients
  • Head injuries, referral to neurosurgeons and ongoing care if not accepted by tertiary care centre
  • Concussion – diagnosis and information for the patient
  • Royal College of Emergency Medicine national audits –looking at problems that arise from the collected data

Rebecca initially attended the training intending to base her Quality Improvement project on concussion – but the focus from the training day on the initial questions made her rethink her strategy. The training has given her a solid grounding to move forward with a Quality Improvement project which is now focussed on improving cervical spine clearance.

Rebecca attended the Improvement Academy Silver Quality Improvement training day, funded through the Yorkshire and Humber AHSN on 19th November 2018.