On 11-12 March 110 team members gathered for the third Learning Session for 20,000 Days – a campaign aimed at giving back 20,000 well and healthy days to the community by July 1 this year.
The learning session was a great opportunity to bring people together from across the sector to reflect on their progress, share what they have learnt and celebrate their achievements.
All of the Collaborative teams presented story boards, gave presentations and shared team and patient videos about their journey with 20,000 Days.
“It’s been an amazing few months, with much achieved during a very short time,” says Diana Dowdle, Campaign Manager. “This is due to the hard work of the teams involved, their passion for making a difference and their willingness to share and work spontaneously with other teams to improve the care we deliver.”
“It’s been wonderful to see teams at the start of this campaign go from tentatively dipping their toes into the water to fully emerging themselves in the model of improvement and coming out with a direction, a plan and path they want to follow,” says David Grayson, Clinical Leader 20,000 Days.
“I don’t think we would have seen this if 20,000 Days and CM Health hadn’t empowered and supported people to go out and improve patient care. With the help of Brandon Bennett, Improvement Science Consultant our approach through 20,000 Days has been to train staff and build a cohort of people who are experienced at using the tools of improvement science. The spin off effect is that the skills are reusable and can be applied in other areas outside the campaign.”
To date (February 2013) the organisation has saved 15,553 bed days, which means 15,553 fewer days in hospital that was originally predicted.
“This wonderful result is due to the improvement work taking place across the whole system and the great work of staff from all levels and backgrounds,” says Diana Dowdle. “The teams are very motivated to achieve their goals over the next three months to save 20,000 Days by 1 July 2013.”
In the meantime a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel will begin the process of picking projects for Phase 2 of the Campaign. Keep checking the 20,000 Days Campaign website for updates.
• A team approach
• Working across the sector
• Patient/Family awareness and involvement
• Improvement Methodology – provides focus and clarity
• Learning gained from every PDSA
• Turning failures into learning opportunities
• Motivated Teams
• Sharing ideas and learning’s
• Being able to carry out small, inexpensive tests of change
• Being able to take a change idea and spread it further
• Strengthened relationships
• Seeing results
• Learning the value of data
• Making a difference and adding value