A Practical Guide to Quality Improvement for Burn Care


Also, do not forget to think of the practical issues when designing your plan – try to be as specific as possible. You should make a plan for the timing of the project (time plan) , any financial needs (budget) or other requirements (resources) , so you know the requirements and implications of the project. Planning out your project in such a way will also help you understand the things that could go wrong – and gives you time to find a solution.

Planning is an important part of your strategy as it allows you to organise how you will approach the project and the points at which you will need to be meeting with colleagues, collecting and reviewing the project’s progress. However, you will also need to be flexible and adaptable as the project progresses. It is crucial to note that QI is an on-going process, as you progress through PDSA (Plan- Do-Study-Act) cycles (see Step 7). Unlike more traditional research projects, QI does not have a natural “beginning, middle and end” but is a continuous loop. See Richard’s GANTT chart in the overleaf example .

TOP TIP When communicating your ideas consider your audiences – communicating your ideas will work best when you can present a clear advantage compared to current ways of doing things i.e. reduced time, simplifying a procedure, patient improvements and compliance.

GANTT charts, named after the inventor Henry Gantt, are often used as a way to illustrate a timeframe for individual actions and activities as part of a project.


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