SISCC Researchers presenting at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare 2017

International Forum

The International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare (#quality2017) is one of the world’s largest conferences for healthcare professionals committed to improving patient care and their safety. Between 26th and 28th of April 2017, the International Forum returned to London, UK, with a rich and inspiring programme representing the very best of new thinking from the global quality improvement movement.

SISCC contributions to Frontiers of Improvement Science

The first day focused on advancing international efforts to develop and debate the Frontiers of Improvement Science showcasing the latest developments across the world and reflecting on what types of breakthroughs or advances are needed in Improvement Science to support 21st Century Healthcare. Two Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC) researchers (@EBImprovement) were invited to contribute their views on the Frontiers of Improvement Science.  Their selected abstracts reflected core SISCC work including a) the need to achieve more reliable improvements in practice and how to sustain and spread successful improvement attempts; and b) the contribution of different research, measurement, and evaluation approaches to understand current practices, inform the process of improvement, determine whether improvement has occurred, and to share knowledge for future improvement efforts.

Jenna Breckenridge talked about motivating change: a grounded theory of how to create large scale, sustained change, co-created with improvement organisations across the UK.

In the afternoon, Madalina Toma facilitated two 45 minute group discussions themed around the methodological and practical concerns of approaches to measurement for improvement, presenting her work around the purpose, design and use of balancing measures in healthcare quality improvement.

Power of Collaboration

The next two days of the event focused on how the power of collaboration can inspire all parties, including patients, families, new healthcare professionals and improvement leaders to deliver top quality, person-centred care in a sustainable framework. Themed Igniting Collective Excellence, the topics discussed aimed at empowering both healthcare professionals and patients for achieving better outcomes and collaboration within healthcare professional teams and as part of a patient-professional partnerships. It was a festival of ideas and a celebration of what the global quality improvement community has achieved over the past few years.  SISCC work was represented by two abstracts accepted as poster presentations along with more than 180 projects from teams in countries such as UK, Singapore, Sweden, Australia, Nigeria, Brazil and more. Conference proceeding can be downloaded here.

Madalina Toma described the Data driven quality improvement in primary care (DQIP2) project and how adopting a participatory approach can stimulate and facilitate the design of practice specific systems for the multidisciplinary management of patients with risky polypharmacy.

Through some of her other work, Jenna Breckenridge suggested various ways of overcoming the contradictions, challenges and potential disconnect between the certainty of existent opinion statements about large scale, sustained change and the availability of evidence.

It was a very busy couple of days for our researchers who as well as presenting their most recent work, had the amazing opportunity of hearing and meeting the world’s top figures in quality improvement like Mary Dixon-Woods, Helen Bevan, Don Berwick, Jason Leitch and Derek Feeley.

Also, if you are interested in a “big data” analysis of the Forum tweets, you can read the fascinating blog by Dr Graham Mackenzie (@gmacscotland)

We really look forward to bringing the spring International Forum to Scotland in 2019!


For more information about the work displayed you can contact:

Dr Madalina Toma     Dr Jenna Breckenridge
Research Fellow Research Fellow
Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics
University of Dundee University of Edinburgh
@toma_madalina84 @Jen_Breck


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