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QIP Winners - Chris Humphries, Isabella Hewitt and Mikhail Vella-Baldacchino

RCEM’s Quality Improvement Topic Competition Opens

Thursday 2 May 2024

An annual competition giving all the Royal College of Emergency Medicine’s (RCEM) members the opportunity to submit ideas for the next Quality Improvement Programme (QIP) topic has begun.

The College is opening its 2025-28 QIP to any member passionate about Quality Improvement (QI) in Emergency Medicine so they have the chance to choose its topic, but it must be Emergency Department (ED) patient focused. Entries must be in before 3 June 2024 at 23:59 and be submitted via the QIP competition’s online form.

The winning candidate(s) will then be welcomed to join the National Topic Team that will develop the idea into a fully realised national QIP. More than one winner will be chosen if entries have similar topic submissions.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Quality Assurance & Improvement (QA&I) Committee Co-Chairs Dale Kirkwood and Fiona Burton and its members and winner(s) announced during the week commencing 17 June 2024.

This competition is the third time RCEM has presented the opportunity to its members, with previous winners having their patient-care concerns tackled directly at a national level with tens of thousands of pounds of funding supporting the technology and teams needed to make their topic the QA&I Committee’s next focus.

The first winner of the QIP competition was Dr Jonny Acheson, an Emergency Medicine Consultant living with a life-changing illness who focused on Time Critical Medications.

Chris Humphries, Isabella Richmond-Hewlett and Mikhail Vella-Baldacchino — pictured (middle) with QA&I Co-Chairs Dale Kirkwood (left) and Fiona Burton (right) in the image above — shared the win of the last competition with their focus on Adolescent Mental Health in the ED, which was announced at RCEM’s Annual Scientific Conference 2023 in Glasgow and will be published in October 2024. 

All details of RCEM’s current and past QIPs can be found on our Quality Improvement page.

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