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Lucian Leape Patient Safety
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Lucian Leape Patient Safety Fellowship

The Lucian Leape Patient Safety Fellowship Award has been established in 2018 and was announced at ISQua's 35th International Conference in Kuala Lumpur. The objective is to fund physicians and health care leaders in developing countries, to advance and expand their expertise in patient safety, with the resultant improvement of safety of patients in their local area.


Dr David Bates, on presenting the donation to ISQua President, Wendy Nicklin, on behalf of the Lucian Leape Foundation, said that "Lucian recognised that most of the harm that occurs, happens in developing and transitional countries and that there is a tremendous need to build capacity in these areas. From speaking fees and consulting, Lucian established a private foundation to support safety-related work. He has decided to close the foundation and is donating the remaining funds to establish the Lucian Leape Patient Safety Fellowship. This will be a one-year award that will support a fellow from a developing or transitional country who will complete the fellowship within their own country and will be mentored by a representative from ISQua."


Applications for this Fellowship are now being accepted.

The objective of this award is to fund physicians and health care leaders in developing countries to advance and expand their expertise in patient safety. The programme is clinically oriented, designed to provide the Leape Fellow with additional training in the theory of Patient Safety Science and interventions to improve patient safety. This will include training to identify and analyze adverse events and to develop interventions to address these events at a system level.

The Fellow will be linked to a mentor at the start of the programme. Mentors may be ISQua Experts or members of the International Academy of Quality and Safety in Health Care (IAQS). In collaboration with the mentor, the Leape Fellow will design a curriculum designed to ensure learning on theories of Patient Safety with a focus on measurement and interventions to decrease adverse events and harm.
1. Knowledge and Skills development
The Lucian Leape Patient Safety Fellow will be assigned a suitable mentor at the start of the programme. Mentors may be ISQua Experts or members of the International Academy of Quality and Safety in Health Care (IAQS). There will be between six and ten virtual meetings between the mentor and Fellow over the course of the year. In collaboration with the mentor, the Leape Fellow will design a curriculum designed to ensure learning on theories of Patient Safety with a focus on measurement and interventions to decrease adverse events and harm.

An example of some of the Programme’s possible activities:

Learning about quality and safety measurement and improvement
• Attend local courses on quality improvement and patient safety.
• Participate in online courses in patient safety, such as those offered by IHI, NPSF, Harvard Risk Management Foundation, ISQua Fellowship Programme etc.

Global Health Quality and Safety:
• Participate in the Harvard edX course: Improving Global Health: Focusing on Quality and Safety
• Join the WHO Global Patient Safety Initiative and actively participate in the WHO Patient Safety Challenge and the web-based safety group https://ezcollab.who.in/gpsn.

Information Technology and Patient Safety
• Take IT courses to improve patient safety which may be relevant to their setting.

CPD and Networking
• Successful candidates will be encouraged to attend the ISQua Conference as well as other appropriate forums to network and learn.

2. Knowledge Application
The main learning component is the development, planning, implementing and completion of an improvement project aimed at improving safety in a defined clinical area. Projects will be developed by the candidate and will advance patient safety and quality of care issues in the local environment.

3. Responsibilities of the Lucian Leape Patient Safety Fellow
• Meet with his/her mentor at the onset of their award year to identify specific areas of interest so the mentor can guide him/her towards other faculty members with similar interests.
• Identify at least two topics from the potential curriculum options as areas of interest.
• Undertake a quality improvement patient safety project to apply the theory and methodology that has been learnt and to improve a defined area of patient safety in their clinical or work environment.
• Submit a final report/paper to his/her mentor on the project which will be publicised by ISQua.
• Publish the report in the ISQua Journal or equivalent.
• Deliver an online lecture/video conference/seminar at end of his/her work, facilitated by ISQua.
• Keep a record of all expenditure for reconciliation with ISQua
To be considered for this Programme, candidates must possess a number of key skills and attributes. Candidates will be shortlisted based on their completed application form, and in particular, their personal statement. Successful candidates will then take part in a telephone interview with a panel representing ISQua and two of our strategic partners.

Candidates for the Lucian Leape Patient Safety Fellowship will be health professionals who:
- Are physicians who have completed their clinical training (speciality residency or equivalent) OR
- Are Health Care Providers who have completed the equivalent training to a residency in their field of practice.
- Will commit to include patient safety as a core value of their future work in health care
- Have a commitment from their home institution to provide them with a role in the organisation’s patient safety programme on completion of their Fellowship.
- Have completed either the first year of the ISQua Fellowship Programme requirement, or the HPM-affiliated Master’s degree programme at the Harvard Chan School or an equivalent.
- Were born in and work or intend to return to work in Africa, Latin America or any Low or Middle Income Country, as identified by the World Bank.
- Have not been previously awarded an ISQua Education or Conference Fellowship.
Applicants will be assessed on:
- The reason for the application
The benefit of the Fellowship to the clinical or managerial role of the applicants
- The benefit of the Fellowship to the applicant’s professional career
- The benefit of the Fellowship to healthcare and quality in his/her home country
- An assessment of an applicant’s professional interest in Patient Safety

Key Skills and Attributes:
- Fluency in written and spoken English
- Be from a low or lower-middle income country
- Be of good character with strong ethical integrity
- Experience in designing/implementing a quality improvement programme
- Dedication and motivation to quality improvement in healthcare

Required Documentation:
- An up to date CV outlining your education and career to date (2 pages maximum)
- 2 referees to be current or recent employers (please include email addresses)
- The completed application form with personal statement
- Commitment from your home institution to provide you with a role in the organisation’s patient safety programme on completion of Fellowship.
- Letter of support from your employer, allowing you to retain employment whilst taking part in the programme.

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