The winners are held up as a ‘gold standard’ in the delivery of emergency medicine education

Winner: University Hospitals of Leicester Trust

The Leicester Royal Infirmary emergency department (ED) is one of the busiest in Europe and, over time, the volume of work had superseded educational initiatives.

As a result, there was no separation between clinical work and teaching, no formal structured programmes to meet required curricula, and a limited induction programme for trainees.

Rotas were redesigned to separate face to face teaching and clinical work, allowing education to be delivered and not be interrupted by service pressures

This subsequently led to poor trainee engagement and recruitment and, in turn, poor morale and retention for all staff. The culmination of this issue was a damning Health Education East Midlands (HEEM) visit in 2012.

To address the situation, an ED education team was created. Consisting of a postgraduate education lead, postgraduate medical education administrator, ED nursing administrator, ED clinical teachers, an ED multimedia technologist and education out of programme experience (OOPE) staff, the team has implemented a variety of educational programmes for ED staff.

This includes a two day induction programme for all emergency medicine junior doctors. Rotas were redesigned to separate face to face teaching and clinical work, allowing education to be delivered and not be interrupted by service pressures.

The trust is now held up as a ‘gold standard’ in the delivery of emergency medicine education, and highlighted by the General Medical Council (GMC) best practice website. Recruitment has grown and a HEEM visit in October 2015 offered extremely positive feedback.

Judges’ comment: Energy and enthusiasm to use every opportunity to educate. Patient-centred, driving exceptional changes to care and mindful of significant cost savings.

Highly commended: East London Foundation Trust

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