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I work within Kent Surrey Sussex Academic Health Science Network - an exciting organisation that supports members in Kent,Surrey and Sussex to spread health and care improvements and innovation. I am the Patient Safety Lead and currently lead on 5 workstreams commissioned by NHS E/I. These include Maternity & Neonatal Safety Improvement Programme (SIP), Managing Deterioration SIP, Safe Medicines in Care Homes SIP, Adopt & Spread COPD / Asthma care bundles and Mental HealthSIP. I am a founding member of `Q` and have participated in `Q`iLab looking at how to enhance peer support. I also have been involved in Q applications / Q Exchange bids and took the opportunity to learn & present Pecha Kucha at a national conference!

Previously, as Deputy Chief Nurse I led on reducing harms within a Patient Safety portfolio in a secondary care environment. I supported the implementation of safety bundles that have reduced pressure ulcers and the number of falls. I led on Patient Safety CQUINs, including Dementia and collaborative working with community partners to reduce admitted pressure ulcers and VTE. I completed the Trust Quality Account for 3 years up to 2014 / 15 and was awarded local IWL Innovation award for Productive Ward and Implementation of Schwartz rounds. When Head of Midwifery, I wrote the first business case for a new Co-located Midwifery Led Unit.

I am dual trained RGN / RM and academically have been awarded Advanced Diploma in Midwifery / BSC(H) in Midwifery Studies and MA (Distinction)in Professional Practice (Management & Leadership Route). I am also an alumni of Nye Bevan Leadership Academy.

I love reading, travelling & walking.

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  • Rapid insights and learning for quality improvement

    Ursula Clarke, Q member and Patient Safety Lead for KSS AHSN, describes how a “Rapid Insights and Learning” approach can help health and care system colleagues to reflect on work done as part of the pandemic response.

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