Clinical Service Improvement Program

Are you a junior doctor, nurse, midwife or allied health professional looking to develop your leadership and service improvement skills? Have you ever wanted to lead a project at your hospital but haven't had the time or knowledge of how or where to start?

The Institute for Health Leadership is excited to announce the launch of a newly expanded leadership program, the Clinical Service Improvement Program.

Previously known as the Medical Service Improvement Program, this newly expanded program is now open to nursing, midwifery, allied health and resident and registrar medical staff across many metro and regional sites.

As part of WA Health’s commitment to clinical leadership, the Institute for Health Leadership is offering this opportunity for junior clinicians to undertake a service improvement project, enabling them to acquire skills and experience in leadership and change management.

What is involved?

On a 10-13 week (full time or part time equivalent), non-clinical rotation participants will focus solely on completing a clinical service improvement project. Projects can be related to a wide range of topics relating to clinical care delivery, patient flow or clinical staff duties.

For example, previous projects have focussed on various areas including:

  • efficiencies in elective and emergency surgery
  • discharge planning and communication
  • outpatient clinic waiting times
  • improving communication between clinical staff.

Your project will have an ongoing, positive impact on patient care and/or clinical workflow.

Successful applicants will learn transferrable skills in the use of service improvement methodologies and tools. They will also have access to ongoing professional/leadership development workshops throughout the course of the year.

Program structure

All participants regardless of discipline will complete their project at full or part time during RMO term dates listed below:

  • Term 2 (22 March – 30 May)
  • Term 3 (31 May – 15 Aug)
  • Term 4 (16 Aug – 24 Oct)

*CAHS and SJOG Midland have different term dates and WNHS have slightly longer rotation duration.

Some sites are supporting participants to undertake rotations part time over 2 terms.

Training in the use of service improvement methodologies and tools will be provided, in addition to ongoing professional development workshops throughout the course of the year.

For more information about the program structure email leadership@health.wa.gov.au.

Who is eligible for the program?

Eligibility criteria:

  1. 12 months minimum post-graduate clinical experience in the public health system as a nurse, midwife, resident medical officer (RMO PGY2+), registrar, allied health professional or dental officerby commencement of program.
  2. Nursing and midwifery staff are required to either be working as a Clinical Nurse Level 2 with a maximum of two years experience in the role or have the intention and/or opportunity to step up to a Clinical Nurse Level 2 role within the next 6 months.
  3. Contracted to work clinically at a participating hospital site or Dental Health Services clinicin 2021 as a nurse, midwife, RMO, Registrar or allied health professional at a minimum of 0.5 FTE. See below list of participating sites by clinical profession.
  4. Current professional registration to practice in your clinical field.
Participating sites by clinical profession

Participating sites - Medical

Child & Adolescent Health Service North Metropolitan Health Service Women and Newborn Health Service South Metropolitan Health Service East Metropolitan Health Service WA Country Health Service Other Hospitals
Perth Children’s Hospital

SCGOPH
Mental Health, Public Health, and Dental Services

King Edward Memorial Hospital Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals group

Rockingham General Hospital

Royal Perth Hospital Albany Health Campus

Bunbury Regional Hospital

Geraldton Regional Hospital

Broome Health Campus

SJOG Midland*
  • RMOs are eligible to participate in the program at any of the above sites.
  • * Registrars are eligible to participate in the program at the sites indicated with an *

Participating sites - Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health

Child & Adolescent Health Service North Metropolitan Health Service Women and Newborn Health Service South Metropolitan Health Service East Metropolitan Health Service WA Country Health Service
Child & Adolescent Health Service SCGOPH
Mental Health, Public Health, and Dental Services**
King Edward Memorial Hospital (applications via internal EOI at later date) Rockingham General Hospital (applications via internal EOI at later date) Royal Perth Hospital (applications via internal EOI at later date) Bunbury Regional Hospital

** Open to Allied Health, Mental Health nurses, Public Health nurses and Dental Officers from Dental Health Services clinic in WA

 

How to apply

Applications open 24th August 2020 and close 21st September 2020 at 9am – some sites are recruiting for nursing, midwifery and allied health staff via internal EOI at a later date – see details in tables above.

Medical: Apply via the MedJobs WA website (external site) between 24th August – 21st September 2020.

Nursing, Midwifery, Allied Health and Dental:

  1. Check whether your site is currently recruiting or if recruitment will be via EOI at a later date.
  2. Complete and send the Application Package along with a copy of your CV to leadership@health.wa.gov.au by 21st September.
  3. Or, if indicated in the above table, look out for an internal EOI later in the year.

Application package (Word 733KB)

Should you require any further information please contact the Institute for Health Leadership at leadership@health.wa.gov.au


More information

For more information email leadership@health.wa.gov.au.

Last reviewed: 29-07-2020
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