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The Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) Learning Collaborative, JIA Learn, is an exciting new BSR-funded programme, aiming to improve the quality of care for children and young people with new-onset JIA living across the UK.

Clinically led by Dr Gavin Cleary and Dr Flora McEarlane, and working with RubisQI (external link) and selected paediatric and adolescent rheumatology centres, we use an improvement collaborative model (external link) and come together in lively peer-learning events across 18 months to share ideas, learn QI methodology and work towards improving patient care.

Based on co-production with children, young people and their families, we're establishing a joint improvement aim and measuring success through data collection.

Steering group membership

We're looking for passionate and enthusiastic individuals to join the programme's steering group. This is a fantastic opportunity to drive improvements in care for patients with JIA.

  • 21 June: first steering group meeting (2-3pm online)
  • Later meetings will be held quarterly until the end of the programme lifecycle in January 2024

Person specification

Application form

Team recruitment

We’re looking for six paediatric and adolescent rheumatology teams to work together to share best practice and establish a measurement for improvement framework to help create momentum for change.

If selected, 3-5 of your team members join three one-day face-to-face learning sessions, where they’ll have access to QI training and a range of shared tools and resources. Here, they’ll agree on shared improvements to work on and discuss progress.

Afterwards comes an ‘action period’, where your team tests plans out in real-world healthcare settings, supported by an improvement coach who provides bespoke technical and adaptive QI support. Their role is to help your team work out how to adapt aims into real change locally.

Your team also meets virtually with other team for peer-to-peer learning after the first two learning sessions.

The programme is evaluated as it progresses, so your team can feed back on their experience of taking part. All outputs will be shared to help improve care in JIA.

What we need from you

  • A named clinical lead as main point of contact and leader for local work during action periods, supported strategically by a senior organisational sponsor (a manager or director)
  • A team that reflects a multidisciplinary approach and champions the voice of children and young people and their families, and that’s willing to share generously at learning sessions and in the evaluation
  • We’ll be collecting and sharing anonymised data set based on a minimum data set of JIA PROMS and PREMS. This is a cornerstone of our QI approach and teams must seek all relevant organisational Information Governance and Caldicott approval to provide this information and be prepared to collect and share this data regularly during the programme
  • The programme is fully-funded by BSR, but you’ll need to cover any associated travel/accommodation expenses and support the release of 3-5 clinicians per team to attend the sessions in work/study time
  • Protected learning time for improvement coaching and attendance at virtual action learning sets
If your team would like to join the collaborative, you'll need to complete an application form outlining your QI project ambitions, including how you aim to involve patients and families in your project, who your multidisciplinary team and senior Trust/Health board sponsors are and how you aim to sustain improvement gained during the collaborative.

Key dates

4 July: deadline for application
End July: 
successful applicants informed of decision
27 September: 
first learning event (Brighton)
16 May 2023:
second learning event (TBC)
19 September 2023: third learning event (TBC)