Critical Care Quality Improvement Leads
Our Vision for Quality
Our vision of quality outcomes for critical care services is driven by and reliant on strong clinical engagement and leadership. The Network facilitates collaborative opportunities bringing together multi-professional clinical leaders and experts, to use their knowledge and understanding of their patients’ needs to prioritise areas for improvement. In order to focus activities and ensure improvements are aligned to National and local priorities, a Network Quality Improvement Plan is developed every 3 years and this is approved by the ODN Board and supported through the Clinical Effectivenes Group (CEG). The key quality improvement work streams within the Plan are identified through various mechanisms including;
In order to drive improvements in quality within each of our critical care units, the Network funds and supports a nurse from each site to spend one day per week (or equivalent) on quality improvement activities in support of the Network Quality Improvement Work Plan. These nurses are known as Quality Improvement Leads (QuILs)
The QuILs form the membership of the group known as the Quality Improvement Forum and formal meetings take place on a quarterly basis. These meetings provide an opportunity for the QuILs to share their progress with their colleagues and the Network Clinical and Nursing Leads in order that good practice can be shared
Sharing Our Work
The Chair of this group is the Network Quality Improvement Lead Nurse and feedback from this forum is provided to the Critical Care CEG.
In order to ensure our local QuILs are equipped to drive improvements within their place of work, the Network supports their professional development through the provision of appropriate training and education in service improvement methodology.
The Network aims to share good practice and celebrate our successes with others and as such we also support our QuILs to attend national critical care conference events and encourage the submission of abstracts which may then be selected for presentation via oral session or e-poster in order to share the improvement work carried out locally.
The Network has core delivery groups (forums) to drive the Quality Improvement Plan, however, additional Task & Finish groups are occasionally required to ensure specific projects are delivered in a timely manner.
Each quarter we produce a QI Report summarising all our QI activity and include information about upcoming events and projects. Our local QuILs also produce a unit report to showcase their achievements and highlight specific achievements and challenges.
Quality Improvement Plan
Being a QIL
Being part of the quality improvement link nurse team at LTHTR for the LSCCCN has given us a great opportunity to implement change within our critical care unit for the benefit and safety of our patients, using the DREAMS initiative from the network we have successfully implemented the role of a Sleep Guardian to promote sleep overnight and reduce delirium on the unit. We have presented our work at the LSCCCN conference and have the opportunity to present this work again at the British Association of Critical Care Nurse conference in September 2019. We continue to improve practice by completing monthly audits on CAM-ICU and lung protective ventilation in an aim to standardise care throughout the network.
Claire and Sharon (Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust).
Local Quality Improvement Leads
Each year the Network invites our Critical Care staff to submit examples of quality improvement projects taking place on their unit. Entries for the Sarah Brookfield Award are assessed for improvement, impact and sustainability in practice and on patient/staff experience. For further details click on the image below!
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