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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May 152014
 
Liz Smith

Liz Smith

There was something different about this year’s Quality Forum and it took me a poster tour to work out what it was.

As an abstract reviewer, when that 5 pm deadline in November looms and my inbox becomes full, I am always inspired by the number and variety of proposals people submit. The way these abstracts are written is important; they need to make people say, “Tell me more”.

And that’s the same with the sights and sounds you are bombarded with from all the stands at the Forum. They need to grab your attention and draw you in. They need to make you want to hear more.

This year, I agreed to host a number of the poster tours. These involve moving between posters stands and giving a few minutes to each presenter to share the work they came to display and discuss, and to take any questions. There had been thousands of submissions from people who wanted to share their work on a poster at the forum, and only 700 had been accepted. Continue reading »

May 132014
 
Angela Williams

Angela Williams

During my work as a Nursing Lecturer at Bangor University, I am always delighted to see students from the School of Healthcare Sciences feeling enthusiastic about quality improvement and patient safety.

So I wanted to highlight three ways that I’ve seen student nurses inspiring one another recently, and hopefully they will inspire you too! Continue reading »

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 »

May 242013
 
Angela Williams

Angela Williams

Student nurses are best placed to be able to influence the delivery of a quality based health service and promote a ‘can do’ culture. I have confidence in saying this, as when the students start their career as a student nurse they have a genuine curiosity to find out why care is delivered in the way that it is.

‘Put the patients first’ said Robert Francis QC at the Quality Forum, in London. Students are taught to do this early on in the curriculum from a theoretical and clinical perspective – to support this observation 1000 Lives Plus promotes a person centred care approach which is central to all module sessions taught in Glyndŵr University. Continue reading »

Apr 242013
 
Mikaela Alexander

Mikaela Alexander

How do you motivate health care professionals to think innovatively, safely and improve quality? The president and CEO of Institute for Healthcare Improvement Maureen Bisognano did just that at the 18th International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare.

Maureen’s inspirational speech “All teach, all learn” introduced the simple reminder to embrace empathy to accomplish effective, high-quality patient-centred care. Continue reading »

Apr 182013
 
Waikitt Chee

Waikitt Chee

I have been fortunate to attend the BMJ/IHI International Forum this week thanks to 1000 Lives Plus. After day one of the Forum, I am really inspired after listening to ideas from around the world about healthcare improvement projects.  

One session explored how you can improve both the quality and efficiency of a service, yet save cost at the same time. It sounded impossible to me before I learnt about the Aravind Eye Care System from Dr Ravindran, one of the keynote speakers.

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Apr 122013
 
Jan Davies

Jan Davies

Meeting healthcare students I never fail to be struck by how committed and passionate they are about the work they do. They want to do the best for their patients and provide the highest quality care they can.

We often talk about influencing the workforce of tomorrow, but that misses the point that students are already scattered throughout our healthcare system today. They are therefore in prime position to help bring about positive change. Students are ‘fresh eyes’ on the healthcare system, and often identify opportunities that exist to improve, where colleagues who are so busy already doing the job might miss. Continue reading »