Formed in 2013, TIPS QI is a teaching programme by Junior Doctors for Junior Doctors, which seeks to empower them to improve patient care through the use of Quality Improvement methods.

Junior Doctors are not only the clinical leaders of tomorrow but the clinical leaders of today.”

Sir Bruce Keogh, July 2013

TIPS QI was developed in response to the addition of Quality Improvement to the curriculum for Foundation Doctors. Starting in Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (now Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust) in 2013, it has since spread across the North West of England to 18 organisations.

We firmly believe that the skills required to be future clinical leaders and undertake improvement work are not innate; formal teaching and support is required.

At its core the TIPS QI programme involves the delivery of interactive workshops where trainees are taught key QI concepts, based on the Model for Improvement. We aim to improve QI efforts by reducing regional variation in the content of QI training, removing barriers to undertaking projects and ultimately empowering Junior Doctors to make improvements to patient care in their clinical areas of work.

Our Team

Hannah Baird

Emergency Medicine ST3

Hannah is an ACCS Emergency Medicine trainee in the North West of England and is also undertaking a 2-year Improvement Science Fellowship at Haelo alongside her clinical training. She has a keen interest in medical leadership and is currently working on a Masters in medical leadership at Lancaster University. She has undertaken several QI projects, including founding TIPSQI, a peer-led training programme for junior doctors, due to her passion in the role they can play in improving efficiency and patient safety in today’s NHS.

Kat Newell

Paediatric CT1

Kat is currently on maternity leave and will be starting Paediatric training in September, as well as undertaking an Academic Clinical Fellowship affiliated with Lancaster University. During her foundation years she was involved in multiple QI projects. In one of these she sought to improve the prescription of end of life medications in the acute medical unit at Royal Bolton Hopspital and presented this work to the Society of Acute Medicine Conference in 2015. She has also undertaken multiple projects in the paediatric department. This year Kat has continued to be part of the TIPSQI team, organising and delivering teacing for foundation doctors across the North West of England.

Ayoub Behbahani

Core Surgical ST2

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Cameron Whytock

anaestheticS CT1

Cameron is currently working as a locum in the Emergency Department at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, and is starting Anaesthetic speciality training in August. With an interest in QI, he undertook an Improvement Science Fellowship at Haelo the year after completing FY2, working on national improvement projects such as the NHS Safety Thermometer and NHS Quest – Improving Theatre Safety Clinical Community. His main QI interests are in effective use of data to drive improvement, and the psycho-social elements of change.

Our Aims


Engage Foundation Doctors in the North West of England with Quality Improvement methodology


Empower trainees to have a voice in making work-based improvements to patient safety


Provide resources and peer-to-peer support to undertake QI projects


Create a sustainable programme that delivers a high standard of training regardless of NHS Trust or specialty interest


Train consultant supervisors to support trainees with QI projects


Work with individual NHS Trusts to support trainees with QI projects


Celebrate improvement efforts


Build a regional QI network of interested and engaged trainees, consultants and other health professionals

The Next Generation of Quality Improvers

Each year TIPS QI recruits a cohort of FY2 ‘TIPS Leads’, who then have the responsibility to deliver a TIPS QI teaching session to FY1 doctors locally. Being a TIPS lead is a great opportunity to develop further QI, leadership and educational skills:

  • Further in-depth QI training, building further upon the core knowledge delivered to all trainees
  • Year-long mentorship from a member of the TIPS Faculty
  • Training on coaching methods, allowing leads to help other trainees locally with their projects
  • Portfolio/Specialty Application evidence, in the form of ‘Developing the Clinical Teacher’ (DCT) assessments and evidence of involvement in a regional teaching programme
FY1 doctors will receive an email during their last rotation inviting them to apply to be TIPS leads. Keep an eye on your inbox!

TIPS QI are proud to be based in the North West of England

This year (2017/18) we are delivering training to FY1 and FY2 doctors in 21 hospitals across 18 NHS Trusts

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