BLMK partners focus on Quality Improvement

Monday, 2nd December, 2019

Over 120 colleagues from health and care organisations across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes (BLMK) met last week to discuss Quality Improvement (QI) projects across the area and how they can work together to deliver improvements in the care and wellbeing of local residents.

The event, which took place in Bedfordshire, looked at how staff can use Quality Improvement (QI) methods to introduce well-researched and evidence-based improvements to the health and wellbeing of BLMK’s communities and the services available to them.

Attendees heard from both Central North West London Trust (CNWL) and East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) on how they have inspired a culture of QI and introduced initiatives to improve the safety and effectiveness of care while enhancing the health and wellbeing of their staff.  As well as presentations, there were workshops and a QI marketplace where partner organisations hosted a stall to share their own QI projects and learn from others.

The ideas, projects and suggestions from the event have been captured by the BLMK Workforce team, who will identify opportunities and the support needed for organisations to collaborate.

Alison Lathwell, Strategic Workforce Programme Lead for BLMK Integrated Care System (ICS), said: “Events like this are so important as it gives colleagues from across the area a chance to share great ideas, projects and best practice.

“Sometimes it can be difficult for our incredibly busy services to find the time and headspace to take forward their brilliant ideas so we were keen to give staff an insight into QI methods, how they work in practice and the opportunities to work together to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents.”

The event ended with a discussion between the leaders of BLMK ICS, who committed to making sure QI projects were well supported in their ongoing work to transform health and care services in the region.

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