Enhancing digital induction for International Medical Graduates
What is the challenge your project is going to address and how does it connect to the theme?
There is recognised differential attainment affecting international medical graduates (IMGs) across the UK. Enhanced induction programmes and support systems are necessary to ensure that IMGs feel supported and a sense of belonging within their Trust. Feedback at our Trust identified failings in our current induction process for IMGs. The majority did not feel prepared prior to their first on call shift and were not informed of their role and shift pattern during their induction. Furthermore following induction IMGs reported a lack of confidence in knowledge of how to make referrals, locate hospital policies, order investigations and of the hospital layout. Stress was attributed to the induction process. We propose development of an online app for learning and induction resources, resources to help staff to settle into the area, provide a forum for discussion/ networking, resources to support supervisors, recording of training and measurement of wellbeing.
What does your project aim to achieve?
The project aims to improve induction to the Trust for International Medical Graduates through development of an online app for IMGs. The app will provide easy access to resources and opportunities for networking to make commencing work and living in N.Ireland easier for IMGs. Improvement will be evidenced by improved feedback and engagement with the platform.
Expected benefits of this project include IMG doctors feeling more supported by the Trust and better prepared to work effectively with subsequent improved patient safety. This should result in improved staff morale, retention of staff and return of rotating trainees. The project should also provide further support for supervisors to improve relationships with trainees, aid trainee career progression and retention within the profession.
How will the project be delivered?
The project will be delivered by
- Further engagement with stakeholders to gain insight into priorities for the online platform.
- Collaboration with other Trusts and local training agency to ensuring a unified approach.
- Development of the platform with software developers and IT, in conjunction with stakeholders.
- Piloting use of the platform, learning from feedback and making adjustments where needed.
- Introducing platform with induction of new IMGs and measuring impact on outcomes.
How is your project going to share learning?
IMG induction is an issue across various Trusts so the need for sharing of learning is vital. We will collaborate with other Trusts to share our learning both locally and across the UK and Ireland. This would be done in person via focus groups, through sharing information via our Trust Quality Improvement team, social media, via conferences and with the Q community. We will share our learning with our local medical training agency and aim to network with other training agencies / Trusts.
Pending success of the app we will aim to extend its use to other services within the Trust who recruit international trainees.
How you can contribute
- Offers for networking with those with experience in developing online platforms who may offer further skills and knowledge.
- Suggestions for resources to be added to app for trainees and trainers.
- Suggestions and constructive criticism regarding the project.
- Offers for networking with those with experience in and suggestions for delivering improvements for IMGs
- Assistance/ opportunities to expand and share learning from project across UK/ Ireland
|4 Sep 2022||Identification of stakeholders; within and outside of Trust|
|18 Sep 2022||Engagement of stakeholders; establishing requirements of app/ data collection methodologies|
|16 Oct 2022||Identification of software developer|
|14 Nov 2022||Development of app|
|29 Jan 2023||Testing of app|
|5 Mar 2023||Training / education in use of the app|
|2 Apr 2023||Evaluation of app/ feedback|
|4 Jun 2023||Rolling out app within other Trusts/ services/ sharing learning|