BACCN 2018 Dragons' Den - QI

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Quality Improvement within Critical Care

“Improving quality is about making health care safe, effective, patient-centred, timely, efficient and equitable. In the history of the NHS, there has never been a greater focus on improving the quality of health services” (

Are you and or your team involved with or have an idea for a QI project within your Critical Care Unit?

Win £500 and 1 BACCN Unit Membership (which includes 10 BACCN membership places = £400)

The aim of any quality improvement activity in healthcare is to make services better. Improvement initiatives may have singular or multiple foci - they may be to improve: 

  • safety such as reduction in errors, infection rates, or falls
  • increase effectiveness by implementing evidence care  based upon research findings
  • improve efficiencies  such as reduction in waste of materials and time
  • increased attention to person-centred care - involving families and carers, supporting compassionate healthcare, patient directed care

Why not enter the 2018 BACCN Quality Improvement Dragons’ Den?

Closing Date: 31st of May 2018

How to enter:

Submit a 500 word proposal with regards to your QI project. The following points provide guidance to support your application:

1. Proposal should be written in English     
2. The proposal should demonstrate how your particular Quality Improvement project will either:

  • Impact on clinical practice
  • Improve the patient journey and or experience    
  • What in particular would you use the money for?

3. Material presented in proposal should be concise and coherent, with the focus of the QI project stated clearly.
4. The title should clearly declare the content of the proposal    
5. Aim of the QI project clearly stated
6. Clear outcome, process and  balancing measures are stated
7. Clearly identifies the improvement methodology/ framework used    
8. Will the proposed change make an improvement?       
9. Have you identified a clear time frame for the project?
10. The word limit must be adhered to and authors are required to declare that their proposal is within the limit. The word limit is 500 (excluding title & references). Proposal should be double spaced.        
11. Proposals must not contain information which could identify the author/s, as these are reviewed blind.        
12. A minimum of one and up to three references may be cited using the Harvard referencing system. 

Rules and Regulations

I.        Applicant should be a current BACCN member

II.        All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of 3 judges.  Successful applicants will be notified by 29th of June 2018.

III.        Those selected will present their work in the Dragon’s Den during the 33rd Annual BACCN Conference in September 2018.

IV.        In order to present in the BACCN Dragon’s Den all presenters should be conference delegates (Early Bird Delegates Rates Apply)

V.        Each person / team will have 6 minutes to present their project to the 3 judges (with 3 minutes for questions by the judges)

VI.        Winner will be announced during the closing session of conference

VII.       Winners will be expected to attend the BACCN 2019 Conference to present their project and how the money was used alongside writing a short report (utilising Squire 2.0 reporting guidelines) for the BACCN “Nursing in Critical Care” journal.

VIII.     The winner / winning team will receive the £500 prize money following the September 2018 conference, with the BACCN Unit membership prize being awarded only after the final project presentation at the 2019 BACCN Annual conference.

IX.        The decision made by the Dragon’s Den judges is final. 

*Of note: This offer is open to BACCN members only and if you're entering as a team then at least 1 member of the team should be a BACCN member in order to take part!

View the application form HERE