The quality question – 26 July 2013

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Publication of the Keogh report last week put a spotlight back on the quality of NHS services and deficiencies in the inspection regime. It wasn’t long before a new process was announced, with the Chief Inspector of Hospitals identifying pilot sites including a couple of trusts in KSS.

Improving the quality of care and achieving better outcomes for every patient is a fundamental objective for us. Our approach uses an established, proven and independently evaluated method for quality improvement: Enhancing Quality and Recovery (EQR). Integrating EQR into the new AHSN offers a significant opportunity to increase the pace and scale of its impact through new collaborations with researchers and industry innovators.

EQR has already made significant sustainable improvements in clinical quality and outcomes for patients in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Its approach focuses on:

  • Saving lives
  • Reducing admissions and re-admissions
  • Reducing complications
  • Decreasing the length of stay, and
  • Improving the patient experience.

Des Holden is Medical Director for KSS AHSN and for Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. He believes EQR is a powerful tool to assist clinicians with service improvement on a daily basis:

“EQR alerts clinicians to the significance of variation in care, provides a mechanism of steps to follow which lead to better outcomes and offers a framework for best practice to treat every patient, every time.”

You can see Professor Keogh discussing EQR here.

Kind regards

Guy Boersma

Managing Director

University of Greenwich Research Collaboration Event – Saturday 7 September 2013

Research into practise – an opportunity to share research and practice experiences and to develop ideas for collaboration

Pilkington Suite, Medway Universities Campus, Chatham Kent ME4 4TB – 9.30AM -4.30PM

The University of Greenwich, School of Health & Social Care is hosting a free research interest conference in the Pilkington Suite, Medway Universities Campus.

An exciting opportunity to share your research ideas and hear about the research going on in your area. A chance to collaborate and develop research ideas. There is space available for poster presentations

The day will consist of presentations highlighting on-going research, followed by an opportunity to network and share experiences/ ideas on topics including Compassionate Care, Positive Ageing, Sexual Health and Paramedic Research

If you are interested in attending please contact Professor Pat Schofield.

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