Newsletter_@Improve_Academy November 2016 @AHSN_YandH @SCIMP2016 @PRASE_IA

Improvement Academy Newsletter – November 2016

Part of Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network

Are you a clinical professional and Future Leader?            Applications close 27 November

Applications are now open for 2017 Improvement Academy Clinical Leadership Fellow posts for medical, nursing, pharmacy and other health professionals. Fellows will develop the skills and knowledge to effect real change in the NHS and be supported to lead a broad range of improvement initiatives with regional and national significance. The five one-year fellowships start in August 2017, and the window to apply is now – closing date 27th November!

If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact any of the current fellows for an informal discussion, or visit the Yorkshire and Humber Health Education England website here to apply.

Reducing Patient Harm in Mental Health

Our mental health Trusts in Yorkshire have been getting together to discuss how to improve patient safety in their priority areas using team safety huddles in mental health settings. Our colleagues from Leeds York Partnership and Bradford District Care Trusts co-hosted the event sharing their personal experiences, their tips to get safety huddles embedded—and sharing their impressive results.

Congratulations to Heather Ward at Bradford District Care Trust for going 54 days without a violent and aggressive incident and Westerdale Ward at Leeds York Partnership for going over 50 days without a seclusion event!

For more information, click here and to get involved contact Mel Johnson.

Celebrating the hard work of our dedicated PRASE Volunteers

Our PRASE hospital volunteers ‘stole the show’ when managers, researchers and ward staff got together with our funder The Health Foundation on 4th November to celebrate  the last 18 months successfully gathering feedback from patients about how safe they feel while in hospital.

PRASE (Patient Reporting and Action for a Safe Environment) is designed to help staff identify things that are working well and areas needing improvement. Now moving into an implementation and spread phase, we are working with front line teams to enable PRASE to be part of their routine clinical governance activity, and helping them use improvement methodology to implement change ideas identified from the patient feedback.

For more information on PRASE, please contact Sally-Anne Wilson or follow us on twitter: @PRASE_IA. Watch out for upcoming videos from our staff and volunteers here.

Bronze Quality Improvement E-Learning Training goes National

We are very excited to confirm that our Bronze Online QI Training module has now been uploaded to the National NHS ESR system! Trusts and Organisations that use ESR all over the UK will now be able to add the training to their own learning management systems and report on their trust’s/team’s progress.

So far we’ve had over 900 people complete the training, can you help us get to 1000 for December 2016?  For more information on the bronze module, click here.

Countdown to SCIMP: Have you booked your place yet?

The countdown to the Science of Improvement Conference has begun, there is still time to join us on the 21st -22nd November book your place here. We’ve got an exciting range of workshops taking place, including:

·         ‘Changing Behaviour one conversation at a time’ – Suzette Woodward, Director of Signup to Safety Campaign

·         ‘The patient will see you now’ – Ask a panel of patient representatives about patient involvement

·         ‘Eight years of the WHO safety checklist: are theatres safer?’ Exploring the evidence

·         ‘Lego Serious Play’ – creative participatory ways of involving people in research and improvement

·         ‘How do we keep improvement relevant in times of austerity?’ led by the UKIA

 Find out more information including the full programme and details of all our workshops and breakout sessions link here

Tell us on twitter  @SCIMP2016 which sessions you are looking forward to!

Innovation, Improvement and Impact Conference and Awards

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network has officially opened nominations for our new Innovation, Improvement and Impact awards.  The awards will be presented at the Innovation, Improvement and Impact Conference to be held at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds on Wednesday January 25 2017.  Entries are being welcomed from NHS Partners, academia and industry across six categories:



•             Patient safety achievement

•             Performance through partnership

•             Improving care through innovation or improvement

•             Using technology to improve efficiency

•             Best example of adoption and diffusion

•             Best patient driven collaboration/innovation

Further details on the awards and conference can be found at

Forthcoming Events

 21 & 22 November 2016

The Science of Improvement

Two-day conference

Harrogate International Conference Centre

24 January 2017

Silver Quality Improvement Training

The Leeds Met Hotel, Leeds

25 January 2017

Innovation, Improvement and Impact Conference & Awards

Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds

1 February 2017

Understanding and Reducing Variation in Healthcare

Principal York Hotel, York

9 February 2017

Statistical Process Control: SPC in Healthcare

Principal York Hotel, York

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

e:  t: 01274 383966

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