Dr Paul Ashwood

Clinical Leadership Fellow 2016-2017

Paul Ashwood - Clinical Leadership Fellow 2016-17

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Paul was a Palliative Medicine Registrar working within the Yorkshire and Humber Deanery when he took a year out to work with the Improvement Academy as a Clinical Leadership Fellow.

Paul was the lead on a project focusing on developing support for ‘Second Victims’, namely healthcare professionals who have been involved in a serious incident. This included gaining new insight into the experiences of second victims in one trust to develop an open and internationally available website.

Paul was involved in piloting a ‘bottom up’ intervention called TAPPS (Timed Actioned Plans for Patients), which is aimed at improving patient flow, at Hull Hospital. He was also a coach for the Scaling up of Safety Huddles working with a number of wards in St James’s University Hospital focusing on reducing harm.

Paul also got involved in a new National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) funded research project looking at improving transition of care from secondary to primary care for elderly patients.

At the end of his year working as a Clinical Leadership Fellow, Paul said:

“My year as a leadership fellow, afforded me the time and space to be curious about the healthcare we provide. It has encouraged me to use my clinical perspective to ask bigger question about the reliability, suitability and safety of our heath care systems. Academically it has provided me with the language and knowledge to explore this in a rigorous and scientific way. Finally, working with in a team of expert clinicians, improvement scientists and researchers (based at the IA and the YQSR) generated an excellent base for the cross pollination of ideas and a real sense of the importance of challenging the status quo and possibility of change. During my year I have presented at two conferences on supporting the second victim of error, (1) The development of a toolkit to support staff and organisations and (2) Staff survey and the development of a web resource. I have also presented at regional meetings including grand round and regional strategy meetings and I am currently writing up work on behaviour change in surgical teams.”

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