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How to bring energy to improvement work?

14 February 2023

Helen Bevan session

On Friday 10 February approximately 200 participants from HSC joined the inspirational ‘Creating Energy for Change’ HSCQI hybrid workshop, led by Dr Helen Bevan.

Helen has been a leader of large-scale change, an improvement activist, a thought leader and innovator within and for the NHS for more than 30 years. In addition, Helen is one of the top social influencers in healthcare improvement globally, reaching more than a million people each month through her social media connections, virtual presentations, commentaries and blogs.

Helen, Louise and Aideen (2)

Dr Helen Bevan, Louise O’Dalaigh, WHSCT and Dr Aideen Keaney, Director HSCQI pictured .

Five energies


During the interactive workshop Helen discussed how energy, more than any other factor, makes the difference between improvement activities that are enacted and sustained and those that fizzle out. Participants were challenged to think about the different types of energy they bring to improvement work and to their teams and they explored in breakout sessions the five energies of high performing teams namely intellectual, physical, spiritual, social and psychological.

Participants left the session feeling energised and going off to think about how best they could focus their actions to build energy for change.

Speaking at the event Dr Aideen Keaney, Director HSCQI, thanked the Western Health and Social Care Trust for hosting this event at the Altnagelvin site and for facilitating the online audience.

For the recording of Helen’s session

Slides from the session can be accessed from the HSCQI website PowerPoint Presentation (

You can also keep up to speed with Helen’s inspirational work on Twitter on @HelenBevan and you can follow @HSCQI to find out more about HSCQI’s programme of learning events and improvement work.