Quality and Improvement…. Making them words with meaning?

Taking over the mantle of ‘integration’ and ‘change’ as buzzwords to spread generously throughout business cases, articles and strategy documents ‘Quality Improvement’ is beginning to embed itself in the ‘cultural landscape’ [1]

It’s been great to see the EQUIPed series published (open to anyone with an Athens password) and Bob Klaber and I have set out a challenge to the Child Health Community on the importance of QI. However ultimately these are just words on a page and transforming clinical practice is a completely different prospect. In order to aid this, in collaboration with the RCPCH clinical standards committee, we have set up a day to discuss, reflect on and network individuals hoping to deliver improvement in their organisations.

A flyer for the event can be found here with some great speakers:

Professor Jason Leitch, Clinical Director, The Quality Unit, Scottish Government

Dr Jonny Taitz, Director of Medical Services, Royal North Shore Hospital (Australia)

Professor Matthew Scanlon, Professor of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin (USA)

Dr Pierre Barker, Senior Vice President, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (USA)

(a video of Jason Leitch in action can be found here – see the 4th innovation video)

We need your support to get like minded people together – if you enjoy the resources on our inspiration page you know you will be good company!

Please register to join us!

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[1} the irony of using a buzzword itself is not lost on me before anyone comments 🙂


Benchmarking Tools: the future of freely accessible data

So January is over already. Did your new year’s resolution last more than a few days? If it didn’t please read this post and maybe make amends on NHS Change Day.

Recently the RCPCH released the results of its consultation on the structure and governance of the college. This may have passed you by during a daily e-mail onslaught but the results are well worth reading. The mandate to move towards a multi-professional Foundation has been granted. This will be debated at the AGM in Birmingham if approved by council so please do attend if you get the chance!

The final settlement of an incident at Great Ormond Street reminds us of how the risks to patient safety are ever-present. The Health Foundation have recently released a presentation by Prof Mary Dixon-Woods on determining the safety of care. This is well worth watching and contains some surprising data.

Public Health England have created a benchmarking tool based on ChiMat data which “presents a selection of indicators that are most relevant to the health and wellbeing of children and young people in an easily accessible way to support local decision making.” It is likely data in this format will become increasing available and will encompass public health, social care and clinical outcomes in the future. Given the low rates of mortality in paediatric practice it will be important indicators are well thought out when describing secondary care. The Childrens and Young People’s Outcome Forum have started creating some indicators but it will be worth everyone thinking about what they think best defines the quality of the unit/organisation they work in.

Please do remember the pre-conference Quality Improvement workshop on the 7th April. This is specifically designed for those with an interest in improvement who want to learn about the application of improvement tools in the real world and be given the chance to network with people in their regions.

All the best, hope to see you on the 7th if not before 🙂