International conference celebrates excellence in healthcare

Posted on 19 November 2018 (Permalink)

A sell-out international conference celebrating an initiative aimed at capturing and studying peer reporting excellence in healthcare has taken place at the Birmingham Town Hall. 

More than 300 delegates attended the Learning from Excellence (LfE) Community Event, with attendees coming from as far as the Netherlands, Finland and Ireland. The LfE project is an initiative that 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.

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.

At the two NHS trusts, LfE aims to identify, appreciate, study and learn from episodes of excellence in frontline healthcare. Many other health and social care organisations in the NHS and beyond have also adopted the Learning from Excellence approach in their areas of practice.

Speakers at the event included 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, Consultant Paediatric Intensivist and National Lead for Paediatric Patient Safety in Scotland and Tom Evens, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Prehospital Care, and a Medical Advisor to the London Ambulance Service.

Reflecting on the conference, Emma Plunkett said: “We were incredibly pleased with how the day went - it was brilliant to be able to bring everyone together to share their experience of Learning from Excellence and Appreciative Inquiry.  The presentations from the speakers captured the theme of the initiative; emphasising the importance of promoting positive workplaces behaviours and a culture of kindness and compassion. I also learnt huge amounts from the teams who have introduced LfE from around the country.”  

Helen Hunt, Assistant Programme Manager for the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative, said: “It has been a privilege to work with Emma and Adrian to deliver what was in my eyes a fantastic event that brought together more than 300 people from across Europe and the UK.”

If you missed the conference, visit: where you can view the even programme and posters from the day. And you can also search for the hashtag #LfEConference18 on Twitter.