Funding boost for trainee initiatives

AN app to help confused patients and a tablet-based surgical training kit are among nine trainee-led projects to receive funding from Health Education England.

A broad range of programmes led by trainee doctors shared the £100,000 cash pot as part of HEE’s Inspire Improvement project under its Better Training Better Care programme.

Winners included apps, training, databases and mentoring, and either had a local focus that could be generalised to a national context, or simply impacted the role of the trainee on a national level. The schemes also had to be sustainable.

Among the winners was the educational and bedside “Confusion App” from Selina Sangha and Christy Gardner of North Cumbria University Hospital Trust, while Mohsan Malik and Ali Bahson of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Trust devised a mobile, tablet-based surgical training kit.

Tim Robbins, Petra Vojtechova and Shirish Dubey of University Hospital Coventry and Warwick NHS Trust aimed to improve patient safety during the August changeover with their “Avoiding Grey Wednesdays” shadowing and peer mentoring project.

Meanwhile, a gaming project from Mr Muhammad Imran Aslam of University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust aimed to develop foundation doctors’ decision making skills.

More than 200 submissions were received by HEE since launching the scheme in February.

See the full list of winners here