Excellence in healthcare the focus of a national conference

Posted on 1 November 2017 (Permalink)

A sell-out conference celebrating an initiative aimed at capturing and studying peer reporting excellence in healthcare will be held in Birmingham on 16 November.

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

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 Birmingham Women’s and Children’s and University Hospitals Birmingham, 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 was also awarded the Education and Training award at this year’s Health Service Journal Patient Safety Awards, held in July. 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.”

400 delegates have signed up for the conference, and speakers will include the Learning from Excellence team; Appreciating People; Suzette Woodward, Campaign Director for NHS Sign up to Safety; Chris Turner, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust; Neil Spenceley, Clinical Lead for the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit in Yorkhill Children's Hospital; and Andy Bradley, Founding Director at Frameworks 4 Change.

Looking ahead to the conference, Emma Plunkett said: “The purpose of the conference is to connect people interested in using Learning from Excellence and Appreciative Inquiry in healthcare in order to develop a community of practice.  We will be sharing what we have learnt so far and hearing from others who have introduced positive reporting systems in their organisations. 

“Together, we will get chance to practice some Appreciative Inquiry with the help of Suzanne Quinney and Tim Slack from Appreciating People. Our expert speakers will be discussing safety-II, safety culture, civility, compassion and pride; all concepts to nurture and grow in our workplace. We are very grateful to the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative for funding and hosting this event, and see this as an exciting opportunity to co-create the future of Learning from Excellence.”

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 #LfEConference2017 on Twitter.