Sustainable Quality Improvement

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 - 10:00 - 14:00

Sustainability has been recognised by the Royal College of Physicians as a domain of quality in healthcare, extending the responsibility of health services to patients not just of today but of the future. As a domain of quality, it follows that sustainability should be explicitly addressed as part of ‘quality improvement’ activities. But how? 

This intensive course introduces health professionals and educators to the concept of ‘sustainable value’ and the ‘SusQI’ framework for integrating sustainability into quality improvement. Learning from real examples, participants explore in depth how the framework can be applied in practice to develop preventative, holistic, lean, low carbon care.

The course consists of three parts:

  • Part I. Self-study:  Two weeks before the workshop begins we will send you a link with access to a 4-hour interactive package with video case studies. After working through the materials in your own time, you are invited to identify a sustainability topic in your setting that you might like to learn more about.
  • Part II. Workshop (Wednesday 24 February 2021, 10:00-14:00): This 4-hour small group workshop is facilitated by expert instructors and conducted over a video conferencing platform. 
  • Part III. Work-in-Progress: We offer the opportunity to meet again as a group a month or so after the Workshop for a two-hour session to discuss how projects have progressed. You are invited to present what you've done so far, answer questions, and take feedback from colleagues and facilitators.  

Learning objectives

By the end of this preparation module you will be able to understand the steps for integrating sustainability into quality improvement:

  1. Defining a problem and setting sustainability goals
  2. Studying the system and assessing resource use locally
  3. Using the principles of sustainable clinical practice
  4. Measuring ‘sustainable value’ using a multi-dimensional approach of environmental, social, financial and patient outcomes at the micro and population-level

Learn more about this course and the facilitators here.

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