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Quality management

Quality management in Kent, Surrey and Sussex is the overall responsibility of the KSS Governing Body, a formal sub-committee of HEE, comprising representatives from the education sector and provider representatives drawn from primary, secondary and community care to represent the full range of local health services.

The HEKSS Quality Management Committee (QMC), chaired by the postgraduate dean, has replaced the former KSS Deanery Quality Management Steering Group. The purpose of the QMC is to ensure that all HEKSS commissioned and managed education and training meets the required regulatory and quality standards. The QMC reports via the chair to the governing body, and is supported by the HEKSS quality team.

The HEKSS quality team comprises an associate dean for quality and three quality managers, one for each county of Kent, Surrey and Sussex, supported by an assistant quality manager and a quality assistant.

The quality team works with Local Education Providers (LEPs) to develop the clinical learning environments to ensure high quality patient care and patient safety. The quality team is responsible for the quality management of the multi-professional educational environment and the quality of postgraduate medical education and training within HEKSS providers.

In its continual pursuit of the highest standards, the quality team welcomes suggestions from anyone who is involved with this part of HEKSS’s work. The quality team can be contacted via email at quality@kss.hee.nhs.uk.

Dean’s report

HEKSS is required to provide a Dean’s Report (DR) annually to the GMC. This requires us to self-assess and report any exceptions against the GMC’s standards for postgraduate training. As part of the DR, we are required to submit an action plan, which is the key, forward-looking part of the DR. It identifies actions to be taken to resolve areas of concern with levels of concern indicated by a RAG (traffic light) rating system.

Dean’s report

GMC Regional Reviews

As part of their quality assurance processes, the General Medical Council (GMC) conducts visits to Medical Schools, Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) and Local Education Providers (LEPs) to ensure they are complying with the standards for education and training.

GMC Regional Reviews

Quality improvement tool

The multi-professional quality improvement tool (QIT) was developed by HEKSS in response to stakeholders’ requests for a simpler, more robust process for contract review. It has replaced the previous contract review and education commissioning for quality (ECQ) processes. To learn more, you can download the QIT process document at the bottom of this page. 

Quality improvement tool