Happy New Year! And welcome to #IQT2014. New Year’s Resolutions are often about small changes that make a big difference. That’s why we’re dedicating the first two weeks of 2014 to Improving Quality Together, to encourage NHS Wales staff to put “Make a start on IQT Bronze” on their New Year’s Resolutions list.
Improving Quality Together is the national learning programme for all NHS Wales staff and contractors. It provides a common language and consistent approach to improving the quality of services in NHS organisations across Wales.
Over 3,500 individuals completed IQT in 2013 – and if you haven’t taken part yet, over the next two weeks, we’ll be showing you the benefits IQT Bronze can make for you, your workload, and, most importantly, your patients.
Finding parts of your working day difficult, time-consuming, or out-dated is rarely because of people – it’s normally because of the system we’re working in. It may have grown organically, which can make it unruly or hard to figure out how to fix it. But making small changes to the system can have a big impact on patient care.
Quality improvement helps to fix a system a step at a time. With each cycle of improvement, things become a little better, and it becomes easier to move onto the next cycle.
Staff at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board spoke about their experience of Improving Quality Together, and how it helped them with their day-to-day work.
Are you ready to get started with IQT Bronze?
If you’ve already completed your IQT Bronze, encourage colleagues to get online and to do the same this year.
We hope you have a very happy #IQT2014.
Dr Alan Willson is one of the directors of 1000 Lives Plus
Follow him on Twitter: @DrAlanWillson