In late September prior to the ISQua conference I was invited to attend the WHO Global Consultation on Patient Safety
- Setting Priorities for Global Patient Safety held at the Centre for Clinical Risk Management and Patient Safety, Department of Health of the Tuscany Region in Florence. Many of the leading experts including our Board members Jeffrey Braithwaite and BK Rana were there.
The aim of the meeting was to:
- Share an overview of the WHO’s work and leadership on patient safety
- Learn from experts and the approaches of successful healthcare organizations to implement safety tools and the right culture
- Identify main challenges and barriers in improving patient safety for patients, health care providers and environment of care, particularly in LMIC
- Discuss key priority issues, new directions and hot topics in patient safety
- Identify priorities for future action by WHO and countries.
There was a good debate on the issues and challenges and we believe that this will lead to increased impetus from the WHO. ISQua will work closely with our partners at WHO to ensure further impetus is place on the challenges.
Immediately after the conference in Tokyo I had the privilege of being the quest of our partners at the International Hospital Federation https://www.ihf-fih.org at their annual meeting in Durban. The IHF has much in common with ISQua and its members are hospitals and healthcare organizations interested in improving the quality of healthcare as well as developing sound management. The sessions were good and I met many of the leading people in healthcare in South Africa. Eric de Roodebeke, CEO of IHF invited me to speak at the General Assembly and we hope to work closely together over the coming year.
I then went up to Mozambique to teach on the second learning set for the MOH with support of the Irish Embassy and Irish Aid. This ongoing collaboration indicates our strong commitment to developing sustainable capacity for quality and safety in the LMIC.
Finally, I returned to Florence to develop partnerships with the the Centre for Clinical Risk Management and Patient Safety and to speak at the Annual Italian Forum on Risk Management in Health. This was followed by attending the annual IHI meeting in Orlando where I connected with our partners there as well as presenting two sessions on quality and reliability in healthcare.