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‘Walk and Talk Improvement’ all-Ireland QI podcast launches

20 September 2022

An all-Ireland podcast series exploring Quality Improvement was launched on September 13.

Walk and Talk Improvement is co-produced by patient partners and HSCQI in Northern Ireland and HSE’s National Quality and Patient Safety Directorate, in the Republic of Ireland. It includes four episodes, with the first mainly focusing on Northern Ireland.

It is being hosted on podcast platform Acast, and is available on a number of the major platforms, including Spotify and YouTube.

The launch was virtual, with Dr Maureen Flynn, Dr Mary Brown and Sheema Lughmani, from the  National Quality and Patient Safety Directorate, speaking at the event.

Linda Craig, Regional Lead for Patient Client Experience ,Public Health Agency, who took part in episode one, said: “Being part of the all-Ireland podcast has been a great opportunity to share across a wide network the work of Patient Client Experience and to further build on a ongoing conversation with the public. Central to the work of Patient Client Experience is sharing and talking about the experiences and discussing the key messages from service users, families and carers to make meaningful change. The work extends beyond reports and presentations and  should drive more conversations. The all-Ireland podcast has opened up the conversations which I trust will make an impact across all our services and systems.”

The first episode, Empowering and enabling patients, “focuses on partnering with patients, service users and carers” and is hosted by Clifford Mitchell, Regional Senior Improvement Advisor, (HSCQI Northern Ireland) and Dave Milliken, HSCNI expert service user and QI enthusiast.

Patient Carol McCullough, who has a passion for QI, Dublin-based paediatrician Dr John Fitzsimons, and Bernie O’Reilly, from Patients for Patient Safety Ireland, were the other guests.

Clifford Mitchell said: “It has been fantastic to partner with our colleagues and service users in HSCNI and HSE to co-create a podcast where we can hear about applying quality improvement and the importance of listening, capturing and acting on the voice of service users, carers and staff.”

You can listen to the episodes here