Dr Brian Robson, Executive Clinical Director of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, visited Ko Awatea on Monday 17th March. Dr Robson met with members the executive team and other staff involved with safety improvement, and delivered a presentation about the work that has been done to improve safety in healthcare across Scotland.
During his presentation, Dr. Robson shared lessons from the safety improvement work in Scotland, including the importance of bringing together pure quantitative data with qualitative information from patients’ stories of their experiences in the healthcare system; learning that can be gained from listening to staff on the front line during senior leadership walk-arounds, and the impact that building capability in quality improvement methods can have on safety.
Dr Robson is a graduate of Glasgow University and Harvard School of Public Health, and has a wealth of improvement skills and knowledge from his experience as a Health Foundation Quality Improvement Fellow (2008-9) with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Boston, Massachusetts. During his tenure with the IHI, he was involved in leading a subcommittee of the IHI board exploring the role of health information technology in accelerating quality improvement. In 2009, he completed a master of public health degree in clinical effectiveness at Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr Robson’s responsibilities at Healthcare Improvement Scotland include clinical leadership in patient safety, health technology assessment, eHealth, measurement and clinical engagement. He sits on the Scottish Government eHealth Strategy Board and continues his interest in health IT as faculty with IHI. In addition to these high-level responsibilities, he holds regular clinical sessions in a Glasgow general practice to keep himself firmly grounded in the realities of working on the front line of healthcare.