Dec 072018

Dr John Boulton, Interim Director of NHS Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, 1000 Lives Improvement

It’s been a busy few months since I joined Public Health Wales in the summer – although I’m not complaining! When I first arrived, I was also part time in my role as Executive Director of Continuous Improvement in the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and so was effectively wearing two hats. Now, a few months in to the full time role, I continue to be astounded by the volume of work going on and commitment of the team within 1000 Lives Improvement.

The last several months really has been a journey of discovery and information gathering and I have met many stakeholder groups in order  to gain an in depth understanding of an organisation that’s already in its tenth year – I’m hearing some really great things.

In going through that journey, however, there is a clear recognition that the 1000 Lives team need to evolve the way that they support Quality Improvement within Wales. I think 2019 is going to be an exciting time for 1000 Lives Improvement. We are looking at what we do and how we do it to enable us to support NHS Wales and Social Care to improve services and achieve the vision set out in Welsh Government’s A Healthier Wales: our Plan for Health and Social Care (2018).

Responding to The Parliamentary Review of Health and Social Care in Wales (2018), the plan sets out a long-term future vision of a ‘whole system approach to health and social care’, which is focussed on health and wellbeing, and on preventing illness. It calls for transformation to an integrated system, with new models of seamless local health and social care and we’re developing plans around how we can support you to deliver this transformation. The 1000 Lives team is well placed to support this.

To inform our thinking, we’d like to hear from all staff and services about your service improvement experience and what you’d like help with moving forwards. Please share your thoughts with us via our online survey.

We’ll be feeding back in the New Year about what we learn and how we can support you moving forwards – keep an eye on our website, newsletter and social media for the most recent updates.

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