The West of England Academy team is pleased to announce the official launch of the Education Pathway, a free training facility open to all staff across our member organisations.

Members of staff from healthcare organisations across the West are now able to access our three-step Education Pathway to develop their quality improvement (QI) knowledge and skills and boost their confidence in using QI tools in order to improve the care provided to patients.

The three steps

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Step One (understanding) provides all staff with access to well-established online training in fundamental QI tools.

Step Two (delivering) offers all staff the unique opportunity to use a BMJ Quality licence free of charge. The licence provides access to a BMJ Quality mentor to provide expert advice on delivering a QI project, and enables participants to publish their projects on the BMJ Quality website.

Step Three (leading) is currently in development. Watch this space for more information on our Improvement Coaches programme and how you can apply for future cohorts.

Flexible training

The Education Pathway is flexible and recognises that you might have already undertaken training or delivered a project that would fulfil either step one or two. If this is the case, staff can have existing training endorsed by their line manager and progress to the step most appropriate to their specific needs on their QI journey.

What’s more, the Academy training is recognised across all our member organisations, which means your QI expertise will be recognised in any cross-organisational working. As you progress through the steps on the Education Pathway, participants can demonstrate their increased QI knowledge by getting your QI Passport stamped as the complete each stage.

Take a look at our Education Pathway pages to get started.

The Academy team appreciates any feedback on the training and resources. You can get in touch with the Academy team at

The West of England Academy

The Academy underpins all learning and development activities organised and delivered by the West of England AHSN and aims to continually increase the number of healthcare professionals across the region with the skills and knowledge to deliver long-term, sustainable improvements in patient care.

Continuous improvement is a skill requirement for all staff. Our challenge is to develop ways in which staff can use improvement science and tools so they are confident to carry out and sustain changes that enhance patient care. Find out more about the Academy here.

Posted on April 1, 2016

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