Improvement Academy Newsletter_October 2016 @Improve_Academy @AHSN_YandH @LawtonRebecca

Improvement Academy Newsletter – October 2016 – Part of Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network

#SCIMP2016 Update: Additional sessions: Q Fellows workshop & Professor Graham Martin on the role of social science in evaluating QI. We have some exciting workshops planned to explore ways of integrating Quality Improvement with research-based approaches. For example, find out how the Lego Serious Play Methodology can demonstrate creative ways of involving people in research and improvement, or join the discussion about Being positively deviant: how do organisations and teams deliver patient safety? For full details and to book a place, click here.

Join us for Measurement and Monitoring of Safety Phase 2

We are looking to engage new teams in the region in this work and would welcome enquiries from frontline leaders, managers and safety leads from a range of provider organisations.

The Measurement and Monitoring of Safety Framework (MMSF) is an important new way of thinking about safety. We plan to run a series of workshops in 2017 supporting organisations to apply the MMS framework in new and different settings, using learning from initial test sites (phase 1). In phase 1 we discovered that the framework is a useful conceptual model which doesn’t work on its own; it needs the right conditions and engagement from local teams. In phase 2 we will be widening our understanding of how the framework can be used to help teams understand, how safe is our care?

If you are interested in becoming a test site for Phase 2 of our project, please contact Debbie Clark.

Measurement and Monitoring of Safety Phase 1 – Final Learning Event

On the 8th September we had the pleasure of hosting our final Phase 1 Measurement and Monitoring of Safety Framework Learning

Event at the Midland Hotel in Bradford. Professor Charles Vincent (author of the framework) was a key-note speaker, sharing insights and hopes for the future, specifically the exciting prospect of moving away from a culture of safety assurance to a culture inquiry. Charles heard stories from the frontline teams who have worked with us on this project and despite some challenges and bumps in the road, the teams gave positive feedback on their experiences being a part of this project. We would like to thank all involved in this project for their persistence and hard work over the last 18 months.

For further details on  our MMSF project, click here.

‘Bridging the Skills Gap’ with our bespoke one year Simulation Associates Programme

Last month, the new one year Simulation Associates Programme got underway to introduce Discrete Event Simulation (DES) modelling to healthcare organisations in the region. The University of Bradford, hosted the inaugural group of 16 associates representing 8 healthcare organisations.

Simulation modelling can play a significant role in improvement projects as well as aiding decision making at all levels of healthcare organisations. Despite its usefulness, simulation

modelling skills are not widely available in NHS organisations. Led by Professor Mohammed and Garry Fothergill, Lead Manager-Analytics for Improvement at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, the course aims to bridge the skills gap and build capability in these inpatient techniques.

We’ll keep you posted about the progress of our Simulation Modelling Associates Programme throughout the year.  For more information, click here.

What is the UK Improvement Alliance?

The Improvement Academy is one of the founding members of the new UK Improvement Alliance (UKIA). The UKIA aims to connect organisations who hold improvement in healthcare services as part of their core purpose.

For more information about the UKIA, click here.

Introducing our New Clinical Leadership Fellows

Health Foundation: Funding available to put research findings into action to improve health service delivery

The Health Foundation has launched a call for proposals for its new research programme, Evidence into Practice.

Applications for funding closes on 16 November 2016. We would also be grateful if you could confirm if you intend to circulate this programme information.

Funding available to put research findings into action to improve health service delivery

The Health Foundation has £300,000 available to help research teams bridge the gap between academic research and actionable information for people practicing in the field. THF are looking for ideas that are creative, innovative and are likely to have an impact.

Interested? For further information, visit

Deadline for applications is 12 noon, 16 November 2016.

For further information please contact Shahima Begum/Team Administrator & Communications Coordinator

e:  t: 01274 383966

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