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Quality Improvement Science in Action Practicum

This month, 115 CNWL staff started the Quality Improvement (QI) Science in Action Practicum, run by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) together with CNWL. The practicum, is a year-long programme, which is designed to walk 30 CNWL project teams through their improvement journey with supportive training and coaching.

This year we have decided to focus on two of our quality priorities, with 11 projects working to reduce falls and 10 projects working to reduce violence incidents on our mental health inpatient units. They are joined by nine other projects which have been selected to join the practicum. This group includes a project being run by our patient and public involvement team with a service user and carer as active team members.

On 21 October 2019, these 115 staff (30 improvement teams), came together for three days of focused learning to develop their ideas of change for improvement. Dr Con Kelly, Medical Director (pictured below) and Executive sponsor for QI opened the practicum talking about the importance of service user and carer involvement in quality improvement.

Alison Butler, Trustwide QI Programme Lead said “The energy in the room over the first face to face days was fantastic. It was great to see how teams were able to network and share their ideas for change. We look forward to working alongside teams with structured learning as they develop their improvement projects.”

The Improvement Science in Action Practicum forms part of CNWL’s Quality Improvement Programme which has been running since November 2017. Staff have been developing improvement stories from their successful projects and you can see more on the QI website