Clinical Safety and Effectiveness Educational Program

Integrating Quality Improvement, Patient Safety

The purpose of the Clinical Safety and Effectiveness (CS&E) course is to integrate quality improvement and patient safety into the daily fabric of caring for patients.  Clinicians are encouraged to reflect on how they practice, and look for ways to improve outcomes while decreasing waste and rework.  This requires the willingness to change and the tools/methods needed to make improvements.  CS&E provides the knowledge, skills and support needed to apply the learning to an improvement project. The intent is to engage individuals in clinical leadership positions in improvement initiatives aligned with the organizational strategic goals.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center established the CS&E program in 2005. The 8-day course with a required project is patterned on the Advanced Training Program by Intermountain Health Care of Utah.  The program has expanded to all six UT System Health Care Institutions.  The course also allows participants the opportunity to join an Institutional and UT system-wide network as a CS&E Alumni that provides ongoing support and information sharing for future collaborations.

The course is administered through the Office of Performance Improvement and governed by the cancer center's CS&E Steering Committee internally and the UT CS&E Steering Committee system-wide.

Participants are provided with knowledge and tools to:

  • Conduct data-driven clinical practice improvement projects
  • Use quality improvement methods to manage and integrate non-clinical processes
  • Implement quality improvement programs within their units
  • Provide internal quality improvement education

Program Goals

The goals of the CS&E Program are:

  1. Appreciate the complexity of health care systems and learn how to improve the processes that make up these systems.
  2. Identify, measure and minimize needless variation.
  3. Understand the need for an interdisciplinary and multi-professional approach to improvement and patient care.
  4. Improve outcomes of care and enhance organizational learning through shared knowledge of best practices based on improvements.