The EMS999 Research Forum Conference on Quality Improvement and Innovation Research in Prehospital Care in Nottingham on 4th February 2015 brought together the latest research and best practice in prehospital care. The conference was supported by the Health Foundation through their Spreading Improvement Programme and featured ASCQI in its opening keynote as well as several posters from ambulance services in England participating in the IMPACT-ASCQI project.
Professor Siriwardena kicked off the Conference with a keynote lecture on the evolution of quality improvement in prehospital care, ‘Prehospital quality improvement; past, present and future’ which included discussion of ASCQI and developments from it.
Following the keynote, Richard Pilbery from Yorkshire Ambulance Service spoke about his experiences of speaking at the Paramedics Australasia Conference on the Australian Gold Coast, Matthew Booker from the University of Bristol presented his work on why ambulances are called for primary care problems and Mohammed Iqbal from EMAS discussed development of a novel pain assessment tool for improving prehospital pain management.
Fiona Togher from the University of Lincoln presented a poster showcasing her doctoral study, which developed from ASCQI, on patient-related experience measures for ambulance services.
A new e-learning website 'QI learning' has been launched as an introduction to quality improvement for health and social care professionals. The e-learning programme covers four areas: managing quality, tools and techniques, evaluation and improving practice. It also includes an evaluation and assessment for learners to print out a certificate of learning. QI learning was developed, with support from the Health Foundation's Widening Improvement Programme, from a new book by Steve Gillam and Niro Siriwardena, Quality Improvement in Primary Care: The essential guide published by Radcliffe Publishing (2014). Included in the Resources section of the e-learning programme are a series of webinars which build on this material.
A new series of Quality Improvement Webinars has been launched supported by the Health Foundation’s Widening Improvement Programme as part of the Improving Prehospital and Ambulance Care and Treatment following the Ambulance Services Cardiovascular Quality Initiative (ImPACT-ASCQI) project. The webinars have been conceived by Professor Niro Siriwardena and developed with support from Faye Wood at the University of Lincoln.
The webinars and a QI learning programme (http://elearning.ascqi.co.uk/) were developed from a new book by Steve Gillam and Niro Siriwardena, Quality Improvement in Primary Care: The essential guide published by Radcliffe Publishing (2014). The webinars can be found at the Resources page of QI learning (http://elearning.ascqi.co.uk/resources) or at YouTube:
There are also linked twitter Question & Answer sessions based on the webinars available using the hashtag #qilearning. We hope you enjoy the webinar series and e-learning programme.
The next annual prehospital research conference for pre-hospital, emergency and trauma care will take place on 4 February 2015 at Nottingham Conference Centre. The conference, which has a them of quality improvement and innovation, is funded by the Health Foundation Widening Improvement programme through the Improving Prehospital and Ambulance Care and Treatment following the Ambulance services Cardiovascular Quality Initiative (ImPACT-ASCQI) project. The project seeks to apply the learning from ASCQI to facilitate a sustained increase in quality improvement (QI) knowledge and skills in a greater number of ambulance and other healthcare staff. The conference is organised by TRUST (the Thematic Research Network for UnScheduled and Trauma Care), the University of Lincoln, East Midlands Ambulance Service and the 999 EMS Research Forum.
Our e-learning programme is designed as an introduction for health and social care professionals interested to learn more about the science and practice of quality improvement (QI).