07 Feb 2017 SHINE
The improvement science network of South West Wales did indeed SHINE on the 7th February 2017
ARCH-i the health sector improvement science network for South West Wales facilitated the free SHINE event to support attendees to obtain grants, win awards, attend conferences and get published. Over 50 improvement science professionals from Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Board, Hywel Dda Health Board and Swansea University shared their experiences along with colleagues from the Bevan Commission, at the Parc y Scarlets Stadium where the sun was indeed shining.
Dr Sharon Williams, Linda Reid and Jessica Svetz - Lead Developers of the ARCH-i initiative - facilitated the event outlining areas of interest to the healthcare improvers present. This included sessions from the Bevan Innovators and The Health Foundation and tips from the Swansea Centre for Health Economics on the planning and implementation of evaluation linked to service improvement. There were also sessions on how to publish any improvement activity that had been undertaken, and how to enter both the NHS Awards and Royal College of Nursing Awards.
The event was widely appreciated with attendees noting the value of the networking and collaboration opportunities from the event. They included:
- Imran Reo working on improving Cancer Services in ABMU
- Elaine Tanner working on CVD health checks and cluster development in primary care
- Paul Harris presenting his work on the "SPA" experience which won a patient experience award at the NHS awards
- Avril Tucker working to improve antibiotic prescribing in primary care in ABMU
The event also provided a vital opportunity to drive the direction of ARCH-i, which will link improvers and improvement across South West Wales. ARCH-i will provide a virtual meeting point for news updates, sharing and collaboration, a gateway to an international improvement community, learning and problem solving and the spread of ideas and good practice.
‘We believe that events like these supported by a truly collaborative online platform will drive service improvement across the region…..we expect this event to be the first of many where collaboration and joint working will be the cornerstone of how the region will move forward’,
Dr Alan Willson, ARCH-i Developer.