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Life as a Yorkshire Improvement Fellow and becoming a National Q Fellow

Clare Ashby - 16 February 2017


I became an Improvement Academy Fellow after meeting Alison Lovatt at the Academy one afternoon back in 2013. I had recently begun work at the Yorkshire Ambulance Service and arrived asking for some help with a Falls Prevention Network that had been set up within the region. We got talking over a…


Involving patients and the public in health organisations: why it helps to collaborate with a 'patient leader'

Claire Marsh - 8 December 2016


If you, like me, have a job title that is something like 'PPI Lead' for your NHS organisation, I feel confident in saying that you are going to spend much of your time feeling daunted. Championing and supporting the remit of 'Patient and Public Involvement' (PPI),…


How the bravery of a few can make a real difference to patient care.

Mel Johnson - 27 June 2016


I first visited Romania in 2011 following a chat with a friend who had been visiting for many…


Positive shift on the mind-set for Safety - How do we know we are making a difference?

Lynn Pearl - 22 June 2016


I knew we were making a difference when I was no longer the 'dreaded' risk manager and became the lady who 'does safety' and now they say hello and call me Lynn! There has been a significant change in the terminology and language on the ward since we started this project. Firstly, I was called…


What is a safety huddle?

Katie Eacret - 22 February 2016


‘What’s a safety huddle?’ asked one of our housekeepers one morning when she was asked to attend. This was the most asked question in the beginning when this was being introduced, and now it is a case of ‘come on, its safety huddle time!’. It has been…


Quality Improvement Training in the NHS – reflecting upon the journey

Angela Green - 12 January 2016


“Mastery of quality and patient safety sciences and practices should be part of initial preparation and lifelong education of all health care professionals, including managers and executives.” Don Berwick (A Promise to learn - a commitment to act,…


A Shared Approach to Patient Safety in Mental Healthcare

Carl Thompson and John Baker - 7 October 2015


It’s been an exciting month for patient safety in the region’s Mental Health community. The first event facilitated by AHSN Improvement Academy (using the…


Patient Power for Safer Prescribing

Tony Jamieson - 7 September 2015


Asthma UK have launched, what is arguably, an innovative patient safety campaign in medicines use. The well-respected charity published a report on unsafe prescribing in Asthma which was robust and well presented. The report built on the National…


What can Ebola teach the NHS about patient safety?

John Wright - 9 February 2015


Imagine a patient admitted to a hospital ward in the UK who has been properly trained in their own safety protection. They will have had simulation training for their hospital episode to rehearse how to check that drugs and procedures are appropriate and correct. They will have been trained to communicate…


Patients and Citizens - bringing something different to patient safety

Clare Ashby - 30 October 2014


As a nurse and someone who is passionate about the NHS, I attempted to read the book “from Ward to Whitehall” written by Julie Baily. We all know Julie helped to form an organisation; Cure the NHS, which successfully campaigned for a public inquiry into the failings at the hospital. The book…

Improvement Fellows

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Our Clinical Director, Professor John Wright, travelled to Sierra Leone in November 2014 as part of the NHS response to the worsening Ebola outbreak. He worked to help fight the outbreak of Ebola, and to treat people who had become infected. He regularly wrote an insightful a blog on his experiences, which can be found here.