Guidance on completing your application
Please apply individually for your own place on the programme. Preference will be given to those working in general practices.
Please note: if you work directly with general practice your application may be considered and you will be placed on a waiting list. When making your application we will require the following information from you:
- your chosen improvement idea to work on – please see guidance below
- what you hope to gain from joining the programme
- what previous experience you have of quality improvement.
Your improvement project idea
To get the most out of the programme your improvement project idea should:
- focus on a current problem or issue occurring within your practice.
- be something that you are ready and able to address.
- be small-scale and specific in order to enable you to practise using the tools at a manageable level.
If your proposed project is a larger ambition (e.g. working at scale) we would expect you to choose a specific aspect of that larger project on which to concentrate your efforts through the programme and demonstrate that clearly in your application.
Some examples that delegates have successfully worked on include document management to free up clinical time, repeat prescribing/dispensing processes, group consultations, care navigation and repeat medication reviews.
Please note that your application may be rejected if your improvement project idea does not fulfil these criteria.
What does it cost?
- Overnight accommodation (bed and breakfast only) is available if required for the middle night at no cost to delegates.
- Travel costs are not funded. Delegates will need to arrange and cover the cost of their own travel as needed.
Please note: participant details may be shared across other departments within NHS England which will enable us to contact participants in order to provide them with ongoing information about our work, wider NHS England work and the opportunity to be aligned to local improvement work. Participant contact details will be stored securely in accordance with the principles and requirements of the Data Protection Act and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). If you do not wish for your details to be shared please email email@example.com.
National Primary Care Improvement Community
Our Primary Care Improvement Community is over 2,463 members strong and growing. It is a national community of practice for clinicians and managers involved in facilitating innovation, improvement and transformation in general practice and wider primary care. This spreads good ideas more quickly, helping to accelerate local change and support change leaders in sustaining progress and their own resilience.
Change leaders often feel isolated, particularly in primary care, where there are relatively few people skilled in improvement science and change. Having received initial training in improvement science, many do not have other opportunities to maintain or grow their skills. Recruiting and mentoring others is hard work.
The Primary Care Improvement Community seeks to address these challenges by providing a community of practice supported by regular networking and access to the latest developments in improvement and change. Facilitated by NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement team, it creates rich peer-to-peer networks. A programme of events provides multiple opportunities for members to share and learn together, and this is augmented by online networking and webinars.
Most members have already accessed support from the Time for Care programme and are able to use the community as a way to continue learning and make local improvement.
Membership of the community is free. To join the community please contact the Sustainable Improvement team.