02 – Project Initiation

Getting the right team together to manage the project, from the very early stages of the planning right through to the implementation and eventually the maintenance of the system is crucial, and bearing in mind these five points may be a helpful starting point:

  1. Composition: the project team will need a project manager, a clinical lead, and vitally too, end-user representatives from a variety of professions. Involving several individuals with different knowledge and skill sets on both technical and clinical sides ensures a more rounded perspective of how best to develop the project.
  2. Roles and responsibilities need to be clearly established.
  3. Ensure executive or very senior clinical leadership or at least sponsorship of the project. This is important to give visibility to the project and will sustain motivation to see it through.
  4. Endorsement at all levels: The engagement of pharmacists, doctors and nurses on the ground (for example by communicating the vision and inviting feedback) and securing necessary high-level support (to ensure that the implementation is a local strategic priority), ideally as early as possible in the process, is critical.
  5. Keep in mind that the role and the composition of the project team are likely to change after implementation and as the system becomes embedded.
NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research, Principal Investigator: Professor Aziz Sheikh
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