NHS Tayside and University of Dundee share Quality Improvement Achievements


Staff from NHS Tayside and University of Dundee attended the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare event in Glasgow.

The event, organised by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and the British Medical Journal (BMJ), is a biannual event for healthcare professionals in quality improvement and patient safety.

Over 3000 people from 70 countries attended the event. The forum supports and energises the movement for healthcare improvement and connects healthcare leaders and practitioners worldwide to improve outcomes for patients and communities.

This year’s theme was ‘People Make Change’. The programme was structured around five streams:

  • Building capability and leadership
  • Population and public health
  • Person and family-centred c
  • Quality/cost/value and safety

A number of staff and teams across NHS Tayside and University of Dundee had poster abstracts on display:

  • Building capability for improvement sciences in medical students through service-learning (University of Dundee)
  • Improving use of the integrated palliative outcome scale in a hospital palliative care setting (NHS Tayside/University of Dundee)
  • A three-year journey from imminent collapse to thriving OOH service (NHS Tayside)
  • Improving recognition of End of Life Care in Care Homes (NHS Tayside)
  • Value Management Programme : A team approach to continuous improvement (NHS Tayside)
  • Unlocking the potential for improvement : a patient safety collaborative in prison healthcare (NHS Tayside)
  • Understanding the positive medical practitioner behaviours required to review intravenous antibiotic treatment in a hospital setting (University of Dundee)
  • Keeping families together : A collaborative project to reduce term admissions to neonatal unit (NHS Tayside)

Medical student Dasha Saraeeva won joint first prize at the Pitch Perfect presentations. The challenge was to present quality and safety research in the most engaging way in three minutes or less using only one slide. Dasha’s  work focused on improving the use of neuromuscular blockade monitoring within the anaesthetics department at Ninewells.

As part of the students and juniors Healthcare Professionals Programme, teaching lead for patient safety Vicki Tully, delivered two sessions with IHI Open School on ‘Developing your Quality Improvement Skills’ with President Emeritus and Senior Fellow Dr Don Berwick, and ‘Building your Quality Improvement Community’ with Head of Europe and Latin America Regions Pedro Delgado.

The sessions provided an opportunity to learn about the successful collaboration between NHS Tayside and University of Dundee’s School of Medicine on building capability and capacity to assist with meaningful improvement in healthcare.

Well done to all who contributed to this event and sharing your quality improvement achievements to healthcare leaders across the world!









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