Dr Jane Runnacles

Jane is a Consultant Paediatrician at the Royal Free hospital London, with an interest in Emergency medicine and quality improvement (QI). She qualified from Guy's, King's and St Thomas' medical school in 2003, and has a MA in Clinical Education from the University of London. Her dissertation focused on debriefing after simulation scenarios to improve the care of deteriorating children. This interest in simulation led her to learn more about patient safety and how systems should be designed to reduce harm in healthcare. She is currently leading a QI project at her Trust to implement safety huddles, part of the National S.A.F.E. (Situational Awareness For Everyone) programme. Jane spent a year of her postgraduate training (2011-12) as a Darzi clinical leadership fellow at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where she designed and coordinated the education programme EQuIP (Engaging Clinicians in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety). She strongly believes that frontline healthcare staff are best placed to identify patient safety concerns and should be supported in improvement work. Jane coordinated the submission of QI projects from doctors in training and other healthcare professionals for The Network casebook, published for the first NHS change day. Jane has also run Quality Improvement workshops as a committee member of the Running Horse Group, engaging other frontline clinicians in quality improvement. She is co-lead for Quality Improvement Education at the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, and a Training Programme Director (TPD) for curriculum delivery at the London School of Paediatrics.