The Health Foundation has selected Dr David Gozzard, Dr Jacky McLeod and Susan Went as this year's quality improvement fellows.
They will spend a year in the US working with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement on a programme that combines academic learning with practical skills and techniques for quality improvement.
While focusing on one particular area of quality improvement work, the fellows will be encouraged to make international comparisons and to explore alternative models of healthcare. This will provide them with a unique breadth of experience that can be transferred to the UK context on their return.
David is medical director and consultant haematologist at Conwy and Denbighshire trust. Over the next year, he aims to investigate the outcomes of combining a patient-centred approach to quality improvement, together with an enhanced dialogue between clinicians and patients. He hopes this work will lead to the development of new methods of service delivery.
Jacky is a GP at The Vale Medical Centre in London, part of Lewisham primary care trust. She will focus on ways of improving the quality of care for patients with chronic illnesses, including hypertension, and examine ways to make care more efficient and patient centred.
Susan, director of the joint modernisation programme at Kingston PCT, will use her time at the institute to develop a process linking quality in commissioning to quality in service provision.
Over the next year we will be keeping track of the fellows' progress and hope to share their learning.
To read more about the Health Foundation's quality improvement fellowships, click here
To read about a previous fellow's experience, read Dr Noeleen Devaney's story here