Communities of Practice (CoP) were set up to support working together on quality improvement across Northern Ireland.
There are five CoPs reflecting common areas of interest across the HSC:
All the CoPs are meeting on a regular basis to take forward their individual areas of focus.
October 2018 Update
The workforce community of practice met on 20th September 2018. The community are keen to support the development of regional approach to building capacity and capability for quality improvement and innovation. The community of practice will focus effort on building foundations and sharing opportunities in the spirit of collaboration in order to influence the longer term development of a regional approach to developing quality improvement and innovation. To this end, the group agreed they would focus on coordinating regional approaches across the following programs;
- Service user learning opportunity to be coordinated by Southern Trust.
- STEP program to be rolled out across all Trusts – supported by Colin McMullan, Belfast Trust
- Regional approach to coaching for improvement to be explored by the community.
- Flow coaching to be coordinated by Mandy Gormley in the Western Trust.
- All Trusts to commit to supporting the development of learning opportunities within primary care.
- Aimee Durkin to explore support and development opportunities for front-line clinical teams.
The ICT community of practice met on the 26th of September. The community reviewed the HSCQI site analytics, content and visibility. Given Trusts have now received some staffing resource from HSCQI, there is a concerted effort required to build the site content and regular Twitter activity. The community noted the communications post to support the work of HSCQI is essential to leading the communications approach. Barbara Campbell shared that she had met with PHA to ascertain what support they can provide in the interim and she will feedback to the group.
The community is currently focusing on:
- Increasing website content – weekly data will be shared with Trust leads
- Increase of content of information for alternate weekly newsletter
- Increase visibility of the communities of practice on the website
- Development of marketing materials to support HSCQI
- Review of life QI
The PPI community of practice met on the 16th August and 1st October 2018 and are planning the launch of the GREAT checklist for engaging service users in quality improvement which will take place on the 12th of October 2018 in the Innovation Factory. The leaflets have been co-produced with service users and practitioners and funded by the PHA.
The innovation community of practice met on the 11th of September 2018. The community identified a key priority for them is to continue to build momentum around opportunities for innovation and ensure they become more visible to the HSC workforce. The community noted it is essential to continue to promote collaboration with non-healthcare sector groups to build creative opportunities to do things differently. The group are planning to host an innovation eco-mapping system workshop on the 22nd of November 2018 in partnership with the DOF Innovation Lab. The purpose of this workshop is to build on the current innovation eco-map and develop a resource to for those interested in innovation. The community believe it is essential to remove the obstacles and identify any gaps that impact on our ability to innovate.
EVALUATION & OUTCOMES
The community of practice has focused on developing a proposal to evaluate level three QI training. The group have partnered with Queens and UU for this work and recently presented at the Health Foundation Q community event and were successful in achieving a grant of £25,000 and securing third place out of 15 in the UK voting on the day. The community will focus on leading this evaluation work which will fundamentally influence how we approach the building of capacity and capability of the workforce. It is anticipated the evaluation and workforce community of practice will work collaboratively on this initiative.
December 2017 Update
In December 2017 there was a HSCQI Design Event, where we shared progress and our forward plans to continue to build our QI infrastructure in Northern Ireland. HSCQI – 7th December Event Report.