May 292015
 
Kirsty (centre) with fellow students

Kirsty (centre) with fellow students and lecturer Angela Williams

I was really looking forward to the International Forum and meeting people from all over the world, but I was also a bit nervous. Firstly travelling to London and secondly the questions going through my head: ‘Would I stand out like a sore thumb as a student at the forum? Would I fit in, would I know enough?’.

All of that nervousness was replaced with excitement when I arrived at the ExCel London centre where the forum was taking place. I knew that I was going to have a great couple of days learning lots about quality improvement across the world. This first hit me when I entered the exhibition hall to see stands from all over the world demonstrating quality improvement, including NHS Wales. After meeting the 1000 Lives Improvement team and my fellow students from across Wales, I knew I was in for a great couple of days.

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May 212015
 
Debbie (second from right) with fellow students

Debbie (second from right) with fellow students at #Quality2015

After getting over my excitement at being announced a winner of the #Hellomynameis competition earlier this year, I had to prepare myself all over again to travel down to London with my fellow student nurse winners to attend the International Forum on Quality and Improvement in Healthcare 2015 hosted by IHI.

We arrived, registered, looked around the exhibition hall and took our seats to listen to the keynote speaker Maureen Bisognano.  What an inspiration! She spoke about curiosity being the driver behind improvement and to look at things from a different angle.  She showed us a quote written backwards in the ladies bathroom at their facility in America.  Obviously no one could read it quickly until you came to wash your hands in the bathroom and look through the mirror…The quote read:

 

“By looking at the problem from a different perspective, sometimes the solution becomes clear”

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May 132015
 
Frances Samuel

Frances Samuel

From Wednesday 22nd April to Friday 24th April I was lucky enough to attend the 20th International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare at the ExCel in London, all thanks to 1000 Lives Improvement. The event is promoted as a unique opportunity to learn from, and network with key figures and organisations in the world of quality improvement. It did not disappoint! With 3,000 delegates from 80 different countries it was a very inspirational and professionally organised event. I shared my experience with three nursing students from other universities across Wales, who were all equally enthusiastic about quality and safety improvement.

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May 122015
 
Paul Gimson

Paul Gimson

It was a real privilege to be able to represent 1000 Lives Improvement and Public Health Wales at the 2015 Quality Forum this year.

I expected many things when I went along to but learning a new word was not one of them. The word was ‘Exnovate’ and it was used by Maureen Bisognano, the CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), to highlight the real need for healthcare systems across the word to do less of what isn’t important or needed. It chimed with those of us there from Wales because of its similarities with our own prudent healthcare principle of ‘Do Only What is Needed and Do no Harm.’ The issue of over diagnosis and overtreatment was a theme of many of the sessions within the conference and so it was nice to be able to feedback to Wales that the work we are doing here on prudency is not only ground breaking but it is of international significance.

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May 112015
 
Iain Roberts

Iain Roberts

This year I attended the 20th International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare (#Quality2015) with colleagues from NHS Wales. It was a forum packed full of learning and here are some of my thoughts and highlights.

You find lots of wisdom and learning at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare.  Whether you want to learn about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the challenges of restraint and patient safety on a mental health unit, or the process of reporting serious untoward incidents in different health systems, then there is a lot to consider on a wide range of healthcare topics, some I’ve really enjoyed about the forum each time I have been.

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Apr 232015
 

This week, we’ve been attending the International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare in London – a forum to bring together the international quality improvement community to connect, share and learn from others across the world.

Our team of 1000 Lives Improvement staff and members of our Student and Educator community from across Wales have been sharing a learning about quality improvement inside and outside of NHS Wales since Wednesday, when the Forum opened its doors to around 3,000 delegates.

This short series of blogs will share a number of highlights from different perspectives from our staff at the Forum. Here’s some insight from day 1, with an overview written by Iain Roberts, a senior service improvement manager at 1000 Lives Improvement and a short highlights video from Paul Gimson, National Primary Care Manager at 1000 Lives Improvement.

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Feb 182015
 
Victoria Evans-Park

Victoria Evans-Park

In January, we invited healthcare students across Wales to consider what it’s really like to be a patient in NHS Wales as part of our ‘a day in the life of a patient’ photo competition. We asked them to put themselves in the shoes of a patient for a day and send us their pictures that promoted empathy, compassion, dignity, respect and person-centred care – and gave us a snapshot of what it’s like to be a patient across the service in Wales. Read more about it in my blog back in January.

I’m delighted to be able to announce our winner in this blog, who has won a place at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in London, taking place later this year in April.

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Jan 132015
 
Victoria Evans-Park

Victoria Evans-Park

It’s amazing how a picture can capture and tell a story, which is why we are asking for photos to contribute to our ‘A day in the life of a patient’ photo competition. I’m eager to see the stories being told by healthcare students across Wales as they take part.

We are inviting healthcare students across Wales to join in and pick up their smart phones, tablets and cameras between 17 and 24 January 2015 to take a snapshot from a patient’s point of view.

If you’re a healthcare student, we would love you to get involved and use your imagination and creativity to convey what a day in the life a patient looks like; it could be anything from the view from a hospital bed, to what your patient would see on their way in or way out of an appointment – it’s completely up to you what you want to show us – the more creative the better!

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May 132014
 
Helen Price

Anitha Uddin

In April, I was fortunate to attend the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Paris. It was an eye-opening experience that taught me so much.

A particular idea I took away was that quality improvement should not be considered an extra-curricular activity; it should be embedded into current practice. And since student nurses are the ones who will be working in healthcare in the coming years, it needs to remain the bedrock of our education.

That’s why I found the nursing discussion session so inspirational. I met nurses from around the globe who all shared a similar vision about healthcare and quality improvement, and we discussed everything from policy and education, to current nursing practices and quality improvement. Continue reading »

May 022014
 
Tim Heywood

Tim Heywood

The main hall of the Palais des congrès in Paris is an enormous space. For fans of trivia, it was the venue for the Eurovision Song contest in 1978. The 3000 plus delegates at the Quality Forum may have been there for a very different reason, but there was something about the design of the building and the international mix of the delegates, that kept nostalgic thoughts of the 1970’s returning to my mind (Israel won Eurovision that year, if you are interested).

This was my second visit to the Forum – my first was 6 years ago, the year that the 1000 Lives Campaign was launched, and it struck me how even 2008 is starting to feel like a long time ago. Caught in the cycle of daily work it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that nothing much changes about the issues we confront and the opportunities we have to change them. Having the opportunity to take a step back and take a different view of your own work context was a good reminder of how mistaken that is. Continue reading »


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