Learning from Excellence in healthcare the focus of an international conference

Posted on 29 October 2018 (Permalink)

A conference celebrating an initiative aimed at capturing and studying peer reported excellence in healthcare will be held in Birmingham on 15 November.

The Learning from Excellence (LfE) project, an initiative which has been running for four years and is led by Adrian Plunkett, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s  NHS Foundation Trust and Emma Plunkett, Consultant Anaesthetist at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, will be up for discussion at a sell-out conference taking place at the Birmingham Town Hall.  

Over 300 delegates have signed up for the conference including delegates from Finland, Ireland and the Netherlands. Speakers will include the Learning from Excellence team; Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chief Executive Officer at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust; Suzette Woodward, National Clinical Director for the NHS Sign up to Safety Campaign; Neil Spenceley, National Lead for Paediatric Patient Safety Scotland and Mike Martin, Art of Brilliance Trainer.

The LfE team believes that studying excellence in healthcare can create new opportunities for learning and improving team resilience, and the project is supported by Appreciating People and the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative. LfE aims to identify, appreciate, study and learn from episodes of excellence in frontline healthcare. Other health and social care organisations in the NHS and beyond are also beginning to adopt the Learning from Excellence approach in their areas of practice.

The initiative has been recognised nationally and was awarded the Education and Training award at the 2017 Health Service Journal Patient Safety Awards. The judges felt Learning from Excellence “is a truly innovative approach that has the ability to transform the way patient safety is improved. This should be considered for national rollout both for patient safety and staff morale.”

Looking ahead to the conference, Emma Plunkett said: “Last year’s event was about forming a community of practice around Learning from Excellence and Appreciative Inquiry. At this second event we want to build on this, and consider more broadly about how we can create the conditions which enable excellence at work.

“We’re bringing together a fantastic team of speakers; frontline NHS staff, thought leaders in patient safety and experts in positive psychology. We hope to create a stimulating and uplifting day which generates practical insights into how we can work together to develop workplaces we can thrive in.

“We are very grateful to the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative and the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network for hosting and supporting this event.”

For more information about Learning from Excellence, visit: www.learningfromexcellence.com. To follow the events on the day of the conference on social media, search for the hashtag #LfEConference2018 and follow @PtSafetyWM on Twitter.