Between the 5th and 8th April a team from the School of Health and Social Care and colleagues from the East Midlands ambulance service travelled to Amsterdam for the 16th Annual International forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare. Professor Niro Siriwardena and Fiona Togher displayed their poster “A case study approach to understand how quality improvement methods led to improvements in primary care for Insomnia” along with around 500 other posters from over 60 countries.
Niro and Fiona presenting on the REST project
The large and varied programme of sessions on offer were based around the theme of ‘better health, safer care, lower costs’ and considered how practically as academics and health care professionals these issues could realistically be addressed.
The representation at the conference from so many different counties was excellent and enabled the delegates to gain a much better understanding of some of the issues that other countries face in improving quality of health care as well as the opportunity to learn from others about methods and techniques that they may not previously have considered.
The key note speeches were outstanding; one of the best that was given was by a lady called Kathy Torpie; a patient representative and psychologist who provided a humbling account of the patient experience in hospital following horrific injuries in a car crash. Kathy’s speech reminded the audience of why they were really at the conference in the first place: to improve patient care and experience.
The conference was thoroughly enjoyable, inspiring and generated many ideas for the attendees to mull over and I think it is fair to say that the team would very much like to attend next years conference in Paris!
Amsterdam in spring
At a well-attended seminar on 30th March, academics from Universities of Ghent and Antwerp in Belgium presented at University of Lincoln.
Sibyl Anthierens (medical sociologist working at the University of Antwerp) presented on “Benzodiazepines: sleeping through the problem”. This included works on the perceptions of general practitioners, patients and nurses on initiating (or avoiding) benzodiazepines in primary care.
This was followed by Thoen Anke (general practitioner) speaking about e-learning, specifically an interactive e-module including several tools and interventions useful within a benzodiazepine-consultation to support GPs.
Prof Thierry Christiaens (general practitioner, clinical pharmacologist and professor of general practice) then described an experimental real-life training programme set up with a simulation patient to look at the effect of possible interventions/tools within a benzodiazepine consultation.
Finally, Hanne Creupelandt (clinical psychologist) spoke about interactive meetings taking place with GPs in local quality groups discussing the non- pharmacological approach of insomnia, anxiety, stress and benzodiazepine withdrawal.
Good working links have been formed with our European colleagues in Belgium particularly in the area of insomnia and benzodiazepines and we plan to build on this with future work.
Please note the next Research Cafe will be held on 22 June 2011. (NOT 11 May as previously advertised) Further details to follow shortly
NHS/UNIVERSITY RESEARCH FORUM
Wednesday 13 July 2011
1130 – 1400
The aim of the forum is to enable NHS staff, university staff and students and others interested in health and social care research to discuss and present research happening in Lincolnshire and update their knowledge of research
MB1019, Main Academic Building, Brayford Campus, University of Lincoln
A light sandwich lunch will be provided from 11.30
See attached for further details and to book :
2011 July 13 Research Forum Flyer