2021 Curriculum learning syllabus: stage 2

Published: 09/02/2021

Safety & Quality Improvement

Stage learning outcomes

  • Able to lead a local quality improvement project
  • Applies the principles of patient safety in the hospital context

Key capabilities


Knows when and how to apply quality improvement science with the aim of improving services while maintaining patient safety


Recognises the factors influencing reliable care 


Demonstrates knowledge of variation with respect to interpreting measurement, understanding types of variation, and differentiating between expected and unwarranted variation


Utilises appropriate measurement techniques for improvement, and demonstrates whether a change has occurred and its impact


Contrasts 'data for assurance' and 'data for improvement' and uses both data appropriately


Uses simple proactive safety techniques to prevent harm to patients, including the assessment of likelihood and severity of risks


Matches expertise and resources to the level of clinical risk posed to patients


Describes the impact of anaesthetists’ actions on patient safety more broadly in the hospital and wider healthcare system


Describes the principles of medication safety


Explains the process of critical incident follow-up

 Examples of evidence

Experience & logbook:
  • involvement in QI activities within Anaesthetics department and experience of hospital wide QI and risk assessment.
Supervised Learning Events (SLEs) can be used to demonstrate:
  • leadership of local QI project
  • presentation of QI project results
  • implementation of QI project outcomes recognizing challenges eg sustainability, up-scaling, spreading
  • case(s) resulting in completion of incident form
  • observance of theatre safety practices such as Stop Before You Block, WHO checklist.
Personal Activities and Personal Reflections may include:
  • courses or eLearning: quality improvement methodology, medicines management, human factors
  • reflection on critical incident
  • involvement with critical incident investigations
  • attendance at quality improvement meetings

Cross links with other domains and capabilities

  • Professional Behaviours and Communication
  • Team working
  • Perioperative Medicine and Health Promotion
  • Resuscitation and Transfer
  • other specialty specific domains.