Get started with the toolkit
Collaboration and planning are key to successful implementation of quality improvement activities.
The videos below provide an overview of the toolkit and the fundamental role your team play within cancer control.
Before you start working through the toolkit QI modules, it is important you complete the three steps for success before you begin.
Toolkit overview videos
Sarah McGill, Director of Screening and Prevention at Cancer Institute NSW, explains the fundamental role of the primary care sector in cancer control
Dr Carolyn Ee provides an overview of the Primary Care Cancer Control Quality Improvement Toolkit
Complete the three steps for success before you begin
Three steps for success
Sustainable change requires an engaged team. It is important that, before you begin, your practice establishes a cancer screening and prevention QI ‘micro-team’.
Their role will be to:
Undertake the implementation of quality improvement activities.
Champion cancer screening quality improvement across the practice team.
Ideally, this team will include the following practice staff:
Practice manager / Senior administrator: This person will be the toolkit lead and oversee the system improvement work.
GP: The GP’s role is to provide clinical advice and to act as a clinical champion for cancer screening quality improvement.
Primary Care Nurse: nurse’s play an important role in data cleaning and supporting improvements in patient education and counselling.
Reception staff: the reception team play an important role in reminder systems and cancer screening awareness raising.
If it is not possible for your practice to include all of these staff, at a minimum, you need to have a practice manager/senior administrator and a GP to lead and champion the work.
Once you have nominated your team, it may be helpful to watch the below videos to gain an overview of the toolkit and emphasise the fundamental role your team play in cancer care.
Before working through the modules, we recommend your team first identifies areas for improvement in your practice:
- The Primary Care Toolkit: readiness checklist (PDF) is an easy-to-use checklist that will help your practice team identify areas for improvement.
- Using the tool in conjunction with reading through (and reflecting on) common challenges and solutions is a simple way for your team to undertake a problem analysis.
Utilise the module specific Quick Reference Guides and Model for Improvement templates to plan your QI activities.
The templates will step you through both the ‘planning’ and ‘thinking’ for the different levels of suggested QI activities for each module.
Utilising the Plan, Do, Study, ACT approach in each template supports a structured approach to making sustainable changes and recording key learnings for your practice team.