High quality programme ensures success of QIST event


Last week's successful QIST Conference in Llandrindod Wells attracted almost 100 delegates from all over Wales.

The attendees, which included GPs, dentists and medical students, enjoyed a full programme of presentations and workshops throughout the day. There were opportunities to speak to representatives from organisations such as LINCymru, The Core, the Bevan Commission and Academi Wales and fifteen entries were received for the poster competition, the winner of which was Lisa Roberts.

Post event feedback in terms of organisation and the quality of the workshops was extremely positive, with many attendees commenting on how much they had learned about QIST and Quality Improvement. The excellent facilities of the Metropole Hotel were also noted, together with the high level of service delivered its friendly and helpful staff.

Following the success of this years conference, it is hoped that the 2019 event will attract around 200 delegates. Lisa Bassett, QIST Manager for Wales Deanery, said, "We were delighted to welcome so many attendees to the event and to receive such positive feedback. We hope that next year's event will be even bigger".

Comments and photographs of the QIST conference can viewed on Twitter.

Speaker Profiles

Dr Christian Subbe, Improvement Science Fellow, is one of the keynote speakers at this week's QIST conference in Llandrindod Wells.

Christian is a graduate of the University of Cologne, Germany, where he studied respiratory pathophysiology to become a doctor of medicine by thesis in 1994. After working in the UK and Germany and volunteering for Médecins sans Frontières in Angola, he joined Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in 2006 as a Consultant in Acute, Respiratory and Intensive Care Medicine. In 2009, he also became an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the School of Medical Sciences at Bangor University.

Christian is actively involved in research on the identification and safety of critically ill patients on general wards. ‘The development that I am most proud of is bringing clinicians and researchers together in a number of sustained national and international collaborations’. Most recently, his research group has developed a visual toolkit to identify patients at risk and a set of crisis checklists for health care team interactions, as well as developing feedback systems for acute medical units and rapid response systems. 

Professor Chris Jones is Deputy Chief Medical Officer (DCMO) for Wales, having joined the Welsh Government as Medical Director, NHS Wales in June 2010. Previously he was Medical Director of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. He is a physician and cardiologist on the GMC specialist register for General Medicine and Cardiology and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London. Chris is also Specialty Lead for Health Services Research in Wales and Professor of Health Services Research at Cardiff University Medical School.

Chris qualified in medicine in London in 1981 and undertook clinical and research training in London, Cardiff and the USA. He was appointed as the first Consultant Cardiologist in Bridgend in 1994 and went on to lead the development of a high performing clinical cardiology service over the next 15 years. During this time he also spent 4 years as a Senior Lecturer in Cardiology at Cardiff University and has published over 80 original peer review papers.

Chris’ career in medical management started in 2003 when he became an Associate Board Member of the Bridgend Local Health Board and also Deputy Medical Director of Bro Morgannwg NHS Trust. He subsequently worked there as Clinical Director of Medicine and then Associate Medical Director of ABM University Trust before moving to Cardiff. As DCMO, Chris supports work to improve the health and well-being of the population and the development of health care services that provide high value to patients in terms of outcome and experience. Wales is following a path to integrated services for populations with increased emphasis on public health and community care. 

Preparations for QIST Conference

The annual Quality Improvement Skills Training conference provides a learning and sharing event for trainees, trainers and other member of multi-disciplinary teams across Wales. 

This year's one day event is to be held this Friday, 16th March, at the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells, with over 100 in attendance. Delegates include Medical and Dental students, Foundation trainees, Junior Doctors and Dentists, and Trainers and Educational Supervisors. Apart from the packed programme of presentations and workshops, there will be ample opportunity for networking and showcasing some of the excellent QI work already in progress across Wales via the poster sessions.

The day will begin with a welcome and introduction by Dr Ian Collings, Interim Deputy Dean at the Wales Deanery. This will be followed by a presentation on Quality Improvement and the NHS in Wales by Professor Chris Jones, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Wales. Workshops include How to write a QI report for publication; Bevan Commission exemplars; Where to begin your QI journey; and Leadership for Quality Improvement.

After many months of organising the event, Lisa Bassett (QIST Manager) and Tanya Hellard (QIST Administrator) are looking forward to meeting delegates on Friday. Professor Peter Donnelly, Interim Postgraduate Dean said, "The popularity of this event is not only a reflection of the interest in the programme that we put together but also, I believe, a real desire to advance the Quality Improvement agenda across Wales."

Check back to the blog later this week for further information on the speakers. You can also follow the event on Twitter using #QIST2018.

The conference programme can be downloaded here.

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