Dec 022014
 

 

Emma Thomas

Emma Thomas

Emma Thomas shares her thoughts on Improving Quality Together, examining how we can all be inspired by some of the improvement projects already carried out across Wales.

The session at our 1000 Lives National Learning Event in Swansea asked delegates to share their Improving Quality Together (IQT) stories, hopefully inspiring and empowering others to take back learning from the projects to their teams and highlight the possibilities that IQT offers for improvements in the workplace. We had great representation from NHS Wales staff and students alike, which provided a recipe for interesting discussion.

Esther Philpott, from Aneurin Bevan University Health Board spoke about how she worked with her team to reduce the delay in discharge summaries process to GPs.  The CRT Rapid Response nursing team used the IQT Silver methodology to improve communication between themselves and the GPs they shared their patient care with. Discussion centred around how simple changes can be made with a team approach without a need for additional funding.

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Oct 282014
 

Where do I start? Experiential learning seems a good place to begin, and being a part of theAngela Williams Improving Quality Together (IQT) Silver workshop sessions for educators in improvement organised by 1000 Lives Improvement earlier this year made me realise how good it is to undertake an improvement project myself. For all attendees choosing an ‘improvement’ project, it wasn’t as simple as first envisaged. A familiar situation for many students!

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Jul 012014
 

PeteStraw Image1A beautiful, sunny Llandudno greeted us on our arrival at the highly-anticipated 1000 Lives Improvement National Learning Event, a fantastic opportunity for healthcare practitioners and students to meet and discuss the notion of prudent healthcare and quality improvement within the NHS in Wales.

Welcome coffee and pastries lined the stomach for the launch session delivered by Professor Matthew Makin (Medical Director, BCUHB) and Dr Alan Wilson (Director, 1000 Lives Improvement), who introduced the concept of prudent healthcare – built on the three pillars of reducing avoidable harm, appropriately minimising intervention, and promoting co-production of health between service users and providers.

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Jun 132013
 
Tim Heywood

Tim Heywood

This thought-provoking breakfast session at the 1000 Lives Plus national learning event left me wondering why we are still so poor at using the expertise of our public health colleagues as a central resource in driving health services forward.

Peter Bradley’s excellent presentation confronted some key public health myths with evidence to the contrary. The myths that public health achieves little, has little evidence and is too slow to make an impact may quickly be de-bunked simply by pointing to the response to the recent measles outbreak, but other issues are trickier to address. Continue reading »