May 262015
 
Bethan (far left) with fellow students

Bethan (far left) with fellow students

I’ve won a competition… that never happens normally! The #Hellomynameis competition I entered earlier in the year just so happened to get me a place at the International Quality Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare with fellow healthcare students from across NHS Wales.

Having never been to London or an event on this scale before, I was slightly nervous about the forum.  I travelled down on the train with fellow student Debbie and Angela, a lecturer at Bangor University. We were asked to try and use Twitter to connect, share and learn whilst at the forum, and as a bit of a technophobe, I was pleased that Angela was there to show me the basics on the journey down – I now see Twitter as a great way to connect and share information with others, all via social media, so much so that I’m now unable to stop tweeting, it has been great to connect with like minded people across the world and I even gained a number of followers after meeting them at the forum!

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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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