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World’s top health improvement leaders set to visit NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Monday, June 11, 2018

Some of the world’s leading medical leaders are descending on Glasgow tomorrow  to attend a world class health improvement event. 

Hosted on alternate years between Europe and the USA, the summer meeting of the international Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) strategic partners brings together health organisations from across the globe to share best practice.

The city was chosen by organisers Healthcare Improvement Scotland to host the IHI summer meeting due to international interest in our lead role in developing and implementing the world renowned Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) which has led to dramatic patient safety improvements. 

Guests will meet with our medical director Dr Jennifer Armstrong and clinicians at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) to learn more about the pioneering work which has transformed patient care in Scotland and caught the attention of many overseas health systems. 

The group will visit the QEUH campus, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Gartnavel Royal, and Royal Alexandra Hospital as they work together to spark bold and inventive ways to improve the health of people across the world. 

Throughout the day, the partners will have opportunities to share experiences in innovation and improvement in healthcare. There will also be a focus on potential learning from other industries and generating new ways of thinking and working. 

Group members will visit the Royal Hospital for Children’s (RHC) neonatal and paediatric the medical teams to learn about their huge strides as part of the SPSP programme. 

The RHC’s neonatal unit has seen a 65% sustained reduction in central line associated bacterial infections. The paediatric intensive care unit will speak about achieving a 78% sustained reduction in the incidence of ventilator associated pneumonia in the unit. 

They’ll also learn more about the ‘What Matters to Me’ initiative as Jen Rodgers, Chief Nurse of paediatrics and neonates at the hospital, has played a leading role in the development and growing success of the international movement. The team will later visit the Royal Infirmary to hear about the ground-breaking internationally acclaimed Ins:PIRE approach to rehabilitation after a stay in Intensive Care. 

Another group will discuss the work being done between acute services and primary care to meet the increasing demands of our ageing population and reducing pressure ulcers in care homes. 

The team working on the Patient Safety Climate Tool for Mental Health at Gartnavel Royal Hospital will be visited as will the Royal Alexandra Hospital’s intensive care unit and medical admissions teams. 

Dr Jennifer Armstrong, medical director, NHSGGC, said: “Being chosen to host such a prestigious visit emphasises the scale and significance of the work being done on a daily basis right across Greater Glasgow and Clyde. 

“These visitors represent some of the most forward-thinking healthcare organisations in the world. A large part of their time with us will have a strong focus on learning and sharing from our practical experiences. 

“Healthcare is delivered within a constantly changing landscape. Given this, it’s a real testament to our dedicated staff that we have delivered so many improvements in patient care. 

“Crucially, this visit is an ideal platform for staff to learn from, and build new relationships with, international colleagues, in areas that will support sustained improvements at scale. 

“Ten years after the Scottish Government set up the world’s first national programme to drive up patient safety, patients across Scotland continue to reap the benefits of improvements driven by NHSGGC staff. 

“We are determined, as a board, to continue to learn from the achievements we have already realised, reflect on the experiences of those who have been part of the process, and always strive to further improve patient safety.” 

“By visiting a number of our services, guests will be able to reflect on their time with us and witness firsthand the innovative models of care clear in everything we do. 

“I’m sure they will be struck by the commitment and enthusiasm of our staff in delivering high quality, effective care to patients who have a central role in decision-making around their healthcare.” 

The visit will conclude with a closing session in the Teaching and Learning Centre at the QEUH campus. Board staff will hear from the visiting team what learning they are taking back with them and advice they have for board staff.

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