The MediLead programme was originally proposed by Consultant Anaesthetist, Dr Sarah Hare, to encourage junior doctor to think about innovative ways of improving the experiences patients have at Medway Maritime Hospital.
As part of their application to the MediLead programme, each junior doctor identifies a quality improvement project that they will work on in addition to their clinical responsibilities, with the support of senior doctors, senior nurses and managers as part of their leadership development. Projects are focused on patient safety, improving patient care and the delivery of efficient services.
Some of the previous projects have included:
improving the training and quality of ECGs performed by nurses and junior doctors benefiting patients in smoother diagnostics
creation of bespoke paediatric equipment trolleys to ensure smooth and outstanding care for sick babies and children who need transfer to London’s children intensive care units
development of an innovative app for all staff to access Medway Maritime Hospital policies and procedures
developing communication aides for safe handover of patient care between staff members
Those enrolled in the programme are given an understanding of the organisational structure of the Hospital, the NHS and the Department of Health. They learn about different approaches leadership and develop personal and professional skills in a range of areas including negotiation and communication, self-awareness and the importance of staff engagement. They are also encouraged to submit their work to national conferences and meetings to share learning with other NHS organisations.