Healthcare Improvement Scotland: The use of Evidence to inform the design and delivery of improvement programmes in health and social care

The internship will enable you to learn about quality improvement methodology, how evidence can inform the development of quality improvement work and how it is used in health and social care setting
Stipend: £3,752 total for 3 months (3 month funding extension for ESRC students), plus expenses
Deadline for applications: 29 July 2019
About the host

Healthcare Improvement Scotland, an organisation with many parts and one purpose – better quality health and social care for everyone in Scotland.

Project details

Start date (or must start by): Flexible
Location:
Edinburgh or Glasgow, with opportunities for remote working
Mentor: Sharon Wiener-Ogilvie, Evidence and Evaluation Team Lead

The internship will enable you to learn about quality improvement methodology, how evidence can inform the development of quality improvement work and how it is used in health and social care setting.

Contribute to the development of, or use of evidence for quality improvement. This is likely to involve producing an evidence review or a performance story related to one of our improvement projects.

Our evidence and evaluation work in Healthcare Improvement Scotland needs to be robust but responsive to the needs of practitioners and policy makers so we use systematic but pragmatic approaches to our evidence work. Much of our work supports the integration of health and social care through transformational redesign work. The work you will be asked to undertake will require you to synthesise evidence from health and social care research drawing on variety of evidence sources. Your work will generally involve desktop research but may also require visits to test sites to record and collect evidence emerging from improvement work.

We know that potential interns will have different interests and strengths and we want to offer you the chance to shape your internship. Rather than determine projects in advance we intend that the work you will undertake will be agreed between you and Healthcare Improvement Scotland, drawing on your strengths while also meeting the needs of the organisation.

Skills required

  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Solution focused approach to work
  • Very well developed written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to grasp new concepts and ideas quickly
  • The ability to work flexibly, being attentive and responsive to the needs of wide range of audience or stakeholders
  • Good team player, willingness to share your own work and learning , being open to constructive criticism.
  • A keen interest in health and social care and quality improvement.
  • Experience working with third sector organisations is desired but not essential.
  • The ability to get on well with a wide range of people including senior clinicians and policy makers and patients and the public.

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Further information

All internships are paid positions (commensurate with Research Council doctoral stipend levels) and are normally full time, although part time working can be considered.

You will pause your PhD work for the duration of the internship and will receive an extension at the end of your research period. Students can claim up to a maximum of £2,400 (for a 3 month internship) to cover all reasonable travel and accommodation costs for the period of the internship. For example, commuting or relocation costs.

Internships are open to Social Science PhD students in Scotland regardless of funding. Please note that students with Tier 4 visas are not eligible to apply for full-time internships. 

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