The use of QI in healthcare has been accelerated over the last couple of decades starting from the US and more recently in the UK. Unlike some trusts, quality improvement training has been available in SHSC for over a decade.
Our approach at SHSC is to use the Model for Improvement as our main framework.
The Model of Improvement is a fundamental aspect of most QI training. Our staff have access to a wide variety of training across the NHS and beyond. We have staff within our Trust that have completed some of these courses including microsystems, QSIR, Improvement Academy Training and IHI training.
We also provide our own in-house training both online and face to face.
Across the trust we are trying to utilise the wealth of QI knowledge to improve our care for our service users and our staff. This includes:
- National improvement programmes e.g. Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF)
- System wide programmes e.g. Primary and Community Mental Health Transformation (PCMHT)
- Trust wide improvement programmes e.g. Learning Disabilities
- Frontline QI projects e.g. Early Intervention Service (EIS)
Our commitment to quality improvement is set out in our Quality Strategy. This sits as an enabling strategy within our Clinical and Social Care Strategy.