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Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are a great way for people to share experiences, challenges and inspiration. They can also be used to potentially initiate new improvement projects.

Get in touch directly with any group you’d like to get involved in – just click on the link of the named lead and fill out their contact form.

If you would like to start a new group – or even are just considering the possibilities – please contact Q’s Community Manager, Matthew Mezey – who will help you with advice, support, promotion and more. It’s helpful for us to understand the group’s developments so we can help feed that back as part of evaluating Q – maybe try to find someone in the group who can share occasional brief updates about the group with other members on the LinkedIn group or Q-municate.

Newest groups:

  • PPI (Patient and Public Involvement) and Diversity SIG (3/07/2017)
  • Dialogic OD (23/06/2017)
  • QI in Mental Health (12/06/17)
  • Curious QI (24/05/17)
  • Evaluation (24/05/17)
  • Making Use of Patient Experience
  • Bridging Networks
  • Developing Research Capacity in Quality Improvement
  • Learning from Excellence
  • Redesigning the organisational landscape

Ambulance Services and QI Special Interest Group

Sarah Williamson
Leading on quality improvement initiatives and developing quality improvement capability across pre-hospital care requires different approaches to other types of quality improvement. This group offers a space to share experiences and learn from the successes and… challenges… from others on a similar journey.

Anaesthetists’ Special Interest Group

Dr Stephen Webb
Stephen and others have formed an Anaesthetists’ Q WhatsApp group and are using the network to support training and development.

Big Data Special Interest Group

Seeking a convenor
Big data is opening up new challenges and opportunities for quality improvement. This group has been set up for members to share learning and experiences, find out about new methods and innovations, discuss the ethical and social implications of big data and bring big data analytics and methods into improvement settings.

The Bridging Networks Special Interest Group  – new

Jane Douthwaite
The ‘Bridging Network’ is a Special Interest Group for anyone interested in quality improvement across health and social care whether they are at the front line, in the board rooms, in the community or primary care. A place where multiple networks and communities such as other SIGS, individual Q Community Members, Academic Health Science Networks, NHS Improvement teams, NHS Change Day Hubbies, Fab Ambassadors can come together at a local, regional and national level.

This SIG will provide a safe space for individuals and teams to reach likeminded people and share their ideas around change, quality improvement and organisation development, methodologies, service improvements and innovations from within their areas. By joining the dots across multiple systems, we can all consider how we can work in more creative ways which embrace networks and communities crossing traditional organisational boundaries. The answers to a lot of our problems already exist, so let us move from ‘me’ to ‘we’ and consider how we can all move forward, together.

Community Healthcare Trusts (NHS Community Healthcare Trusts QI Special Interest Group)

Dr Joanne Medhurst
Joanne has set up a group for people working in community health care NHS trusts. Fruitful meetings have been held to share best practices and challenges. All very welcome to join.

Co-production Special Interest Group

Mandy Rudczenko
In co-produced health care, organisations work with people who use services, carers and communities in equal partnership. It’s easy to do it wrong and quite hard to get it right, but it isn’t rocket science, and brings huge benefits to everyone involved. Why don’t we talk about it? (This group was launched by Fiona Carey).

Communities of Practice Special Interest Group

Ann Abbassi
The group aims to bring together people who are interested in setting up Communities of Practice, or have already set them up, to share their experiences and knowledge.

Complexity approaches to support Quality Improvement Special Interest Group

Emma Adams
This group will consider the impact of emerging theories around complex systems – such as complex responsive processes, Dialogic OD and systems thinking – on how we approach quality improvement. It will also focus on the leadership of relational aspects of change, considering how our interactions, through gesture and response, shape our environment.

Curious QI Special Interest Group – new

Kate Cheema
Curiosity brings to mind images of inquisitive children (“..but why?…”), mad inventors and maybe even dead cats.  But there is increasing evidence that curiosity as a trait is not only desirable at a personal and organisational level but is also something that can be developed and nurtured to help achieve concrete improvements in patient outcomes and organisational development.
This SIG brings together people interested in concept of Curiosity as a key competency for QI in its own right, share experiences of how curiosity helped or hindered and collectively explore questions such as “how is curiosity valued across organisations, healthcare sectors and professions?” and “What barriers persist within workplace cultures that suppress curiosity, and what strategies can we identify that might help to eliminate them?”.

Developing Research Capacity in Quality Improvement Special Interest Group – new

Yitka Graham and Susy Cook
There is potential to develop quality improvement projects as research, but it is not always straightforward. This group will discuss how to build research capacity, funding, methodology and offer support and collaboration to those who wish to develop and build research skills. All are welcome, no matter how little research experience you have.

Dialogic OD Special Interest Group  – new

Jayne Edwards
This special interest group is designed for anyone with an interest in a dialogic approach to improvement and organisation development. This contemporary approach to OD views organisations as fluid, socially constructed realities that are continuously created through conversations and images. The stories that we tell can shape our professional identity and influence the culture of our organisation.   This group will be an opportunity to share experiences of using contemporary OD practice, develop shared understanding and contribute to the emerging evidence base around dialogic OD.

Evaluation Special Interest Group – new

Emma Gibbard
Appropriate good quality evaluation is essential component of quality improvement.  This group has been set up to link members who have experience, expertise and an interest in the evaluation of quality improvement.  It will offer a space for members to share, discuss and learn to enhance and develop evaluation theory, practice and utility.  It is hoped that this group will also explore opportunities to link with other relevant SIGs, such as co-production, complexity, research, alongside wider Health Foundation work and external evaluation networks.

Harm Free Care Special Interest Group

Angela O’Shea
The group’s aim is to support the delivery of harm free care and the recording of measurable outcomes by:

  • tracking and monitoring incidents of harm in community patients
  • mapping current harm free care initiatives in place
  • reducing occurrence/incident of patient harm
  • sharing best practice.

Human-Centred Design in Health and Care Special Interest Group

Kate Pound
Design thinking is increasingly used in industry to ensure the user is the focus of the final product. There is now a growing movement looking at how Design thinking can be used in health and care improvement too.

The group will focus on how to take this thinking forward in health and care.

Human Factors Special Interest Group

Dr Chetna Modi
Chetna is looking to link with members who are interested in developing human factors capability within the NHS. In the East Midlands there is some work on this and we now have six human factors projects being delivered in partnership with NHS trusts. These are in response to patient safety issues that were identified by NHS staff, and are now being with redesigned with human factors expertise.

Chetna is keen to link with other regions also looking to support human factors implementation.

Labs Special Interest Group

Yvonne Sawbridge
A growing number of members are developing their own health labs. This group provides members with an opportunity to share advice, insights and challenges around creating and running health labs.

Lean Healthcare Special Interest Group

Iain Smith
Lean continues to become increasingly popular in health. This group will exchange information on current thinking and discuss ideas on the application and adaption of Lean thinking to the health care sector. Join the debate on Lean in health.

Learning from Excellence Special Interest Group – new

Gemma Crossingham
Whilst it is important to learn from events where things have not gone well, the majority of healthcare interactions go safely.  Despite this, we have focus the much of our learning about safety from adverse events, where by definition, safety has been lacking.

‘Learning from Excellence’ is an innovation that focuses on capturing and learning from episodes of excellence in healthcare in an attempt to further improve the quality and safety of care that we provide.  It also provides an opportunity to thank and recognise staff for excellence, which may improve resilience, culture and morale.  This group will offer the opportunity to share ideas, experience, support, innovations and learning from what has gone well and what has been challenging!

Making Use of Patient Experience Special Interest Group – new

Miles Sibley and Mark Sadler

Do we over-measure patient experience? Are we helped by the Friends and Family Test, CQC patient surveys, NHS Choices star ratings, Patient Opinion snapshot comments, local Healthwatch reports, Trust and CCG surveys and focus groups, and all the rest? Or are we just confused by it all?

This group aims to analyse the suite of tools available to measure patient experience, looking for those which have the most practical use for quality improvement. By autumn 2017, we want to publish a short paper with recommendations for how the NHS can de-clutter the measurement of patient experience, and help patient experience leads to make use of fewer, and better, datasets.

PPI and Diversity SIG

Josephine Ocloo
Serious clinical and service failings in the UK and internationally have increased the calls for patients and the public to be engaged in healthcare to improve patient safety. These calls are now reflected in key policy statements such as ‘Patients and their carers should be present, powerful and involved at all levels of healthcare organisations from wards to the boards of Trusts’ (A promise to learn – a commitment to act: National Advisory Group on the Safety of Patients in England, 2013).

The aim of the PPI and Diversity SIG is firstly to explore what PPI and diversity and equality means in the context of quality and safety improvement and how a broader group of patients and the public can best be involved in these activities. Secondly, as part of my Health Foundation research project on PPI and patient safety, I am interested in testing some small interventions to involve diverse groups in different areas of patient safety and quality and am keen to find people in NHS Trusts who are willing to work with me in developing these interventions.
(*PPI = Patient and Public Involvement)

Primary Care Special Interest Group

Dr Liz Fisher
Liz is a GP in Horsham in the Kent Surrey and Sussex region. She is starting up a group for any interested GPs, doctors and nurses in primary care in Q to share ideas and support each other. As everyone is ‘crazily hectic’ (her words!) there won’t be regular events or chats, but the SIG aims just to create a flexible forum within Q. It now has its own WhatsApp group.

QI in Mental Health – new

Lisa Knight
Special Interest Group to support the sharing of ideas and good practice for QI across all Mental Health settings. The group will encourage the sharing of ideas and approaches to the use of QI within MH settings and link with existing SIGs where appropriate, I.e ‘co-production SIG’.

Q Reading Club Special Interest Group

Dr Heather Shearer
This group offers a space where members can continue their own professional development through a virtual book club. The idea is that a particular time period and place is identified for a discussion space about a specific book/article/chapter/blog. Members can join in at a time that suits their personal commitments to read and contribute to the conversation. The first publication discussed was Carl Macrae’s ‘The problem with incident reporting’ in BMJ Quality & Safety.

Redesigning the organisational landscape Special Interest Group – new

Rebecca Harriott
I am developing a route-map for STPs wishing to navigate their way to an organisational landscape fit to commission and deliver integrated models of care. I am interested in connecting with others working on setting up accountable care systems/organisations to share resources and learning.

My experience thus far suggests that whilst many systems are addressing this work they each have a different emphasis and so are advanced in some aspects and further behind in others. I am interested in sharing experience and resources in order to be able to create a comprehensive approach that will be helpful for the design work we’re all involved in in all our regions.

Renal Care Special Interest Group

Jane Macdonald and Dr Richard Fluck
A Special Interest Group for renal disease was launched by members Jane and Richard. This national group supports existing national KQUiP aims – offering members opportunities for influence and involvement.

Staff Wellbeing and Quality Health Care Special Interest Group

Hilda Campbell
Hilda realises the importance of providing a quality health care service for others, however people who work in health care have wellbeing needs too. It’s recognised that staff wellbeing is key to a quality health care experience. If you are interested in staff wellbeing and sharing ideas and strategies then this group is for you

Surgical Site Infections/Infection Control Special Interest Group

Dr Eleri Davies
Eleri has set up this group. Surgical site infections represent a significant portion of health care associated infections. A majority are largely preventable, however, with evidence-based strategies available for over ten years and implemented in many hospitals.

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