NHS Improving Quality was invited to take part in a recently held event that celebrated the work that is being done in partnership between the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust and AQuA to deliver a Quality Improvement Methodologies Programme (QuIMP).
Gillian Phazey, Learning and Organisational Development Manager at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust explains:
'The Learning and Organisational Development and Governance teams at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust have been working collaboratively with AQuA to deliver a Quality Improvement Methodologies Programme (QuIMP) to support staff in developing knowledge and skills in this topic. The programme has been specifically designed to support colleagues wanting to gain an introduction to the fundamentals and concepts of quality improvement. So far, two cohorts of staff, from clinical and non-clinical areas of the Trust have completed the programme, and have completed quality improvement projects in their own work area to apply their knowledge. On 17th July a celebration event was held for cohort 2 where staff presented their work in poster or presentation form, the aim of which is to share and spread learning across the Trust. Projects were wide ranging, from introducing new processes to reduce complaints and drug errors, to improving patient experience by implementing new tools and techniques. The day was a great success with the Chief Executive and Chief Nurse in attendance. The Trust is highly supportive of this approach in equipping staff with these important techniques, and the programme supports not only our internal quality agenda and objectives, but more widely responds to the recommendations of the Berwick report. The next cohort is starting in September this year.'
Fiona Thow, Patient Safety Collaborative Delivery Lead at NHS Improving Quality delivered a keynote speech, (link to presentation slides) providing a national perspective on the plans for improving patient safety and took the opportunity to introduce the national safety collaboratives. She also highlighted the need for organisations and individuals to think differently about safety for both patients and staff.