UCL School of Pharmacy


Be The Change UCL Pharmacy Students NHS Quality Improvement University Championship 2016 Winners

16 September 2016

Established in September 2015, UCL Be The Change is a large student-led initiative consisting of medical and pharmacy students, running throughout the year and working on quality improvement projects.

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The initiative utilised the communication platform, Slack, used by leading companies globally, as well as developing its own website to display current work. The initiative was born out of the notion that medical students and pharmacy students can see hospitals in a different light to managers.

Be The Change proposes a model allowing students to work (for free) with experienced professionals to improve patient care and make the NHS more efficient!

On the 20th of March 2016, 23 medical students and 9 pharmacy students, won the first ever NHS Quality Improvement University Championship 2016. This involved developing five quality improvement projects named below:

  1. Reducing Medicinal Waste and Overprescription in Cancer Patients
  2. Tackling Malnutrition and Food Waste of Elderly Inpatients
  3. Safeguarding patient Property in a Hospital Setting
  4. Efficacy of Touch Surgery to Augment the Performance of Medical Students in a Catheterisation Skill
  5. Improving Maternal Confidence in Neonatal Care Through a Checklist Intervention

The competition took place in the BMA house and involved competing with quality improvement projects from other universities including Imperial College London, King’s College London, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and St George’s University. The judging panel comprised of representatives from the Health Foundation, Department of Health, NHS England, McKinsey, Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Directors of all five London Medical Schools.

This initiative is a key example of how collaboration between both medicine and pharmacy students can really make significant impact on the NHS and how making an impact on healthcare shouldn’t begin when students qualify but should begin now!

More information: http://btc-ucl.me