September Updates

The Children, Families and Maternity e-Bulletin

Thanks to Kath Evans for sharing this useful resource to do with child health. Only a couple of months so far but worth keeping an eye on the website. Will try to remember to notify this group of useful resources.

RCPCH Position statement on key principles for reconfiguration

The position statement highlights ten key principles for reconfiguration, making four major calls.  Of note the following is highlighted:

Fewer, larger units: The Facing the Future model sees fewer, larger inpatient units which are better equipped to provide safe and sustainable care, supported by short stay paediatric assessment units (SSPAUs) and networked services. The concentration of specialist services also provides the opportunity to be more flexible with rotas, increases the scope to deliver seven-day, 24-hour consultant led care and provides a better environment to develop clinical skills and experience across the children’s healthcare workforce.

Did any RHG members make a pledge for change day?

Would love to hear from you if you got involved!

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August Newsletter

Isaiah and Improvement Manager’s Choice

A quick round robin…..

Two short reports, both very readable should have crossed your desks over the summer. The recent Berwick and Keogh reviews have hopefully set a great tone for short, digestible, and focused publications. Unfortunately quality of report writing is worth nothing, if nothing results. Whether tenants of evidence based medicine and quality improvement will now be joined by cultural change remains to be seen.

Some of the drive behind Berwick’s work can be found in this article (very US centered) but with an underlying philosophy applicable to all health systems

Those who attended the Train-the-Trainers Quality Improvement Day in July feedback positively and the fruits of their work will be seen as a formal introduction to Quality Improvement and Patient Safety day in September 

Please do spread this link!

There is an Evening of Evidence series also commencing in September. It is a shame this is purely London based and I will feed back about the need for greater regionality if enough people mention this to me.

Finally, although many of you will have seen this, I thought sharing this emotive Cleveland Clinic produced video short was worth sharing with those who haven’t. I think all new starters should have see it.

Hope the rest of the summer is enjoyable and you get some form of a break!

Damian