Ko Awatea had 8 posters accepted to be presented at this year’s Middle East Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare.
The calibre of this year’s submissions was very high and we were privileged to be invited by the Hamad Medical Corporation to present to such an esteemed audience.
Collaborative Project Manager Alison Howitt was entrusted with presenting the posters and, very importantly, not losing them on the way there and back.
Here is Alison story of her trip:
I took eight posters to the Forum, all from the 20’000 Days and Beyond 20’000 Days campaigns, which were identified because they fitted the theme and they also lined up with the sorts of initiatives currently being done in Qatar in terms of improvement work.
I was fortunate enough to get to discuss our posters with Robert Lloyd, Executive Director Performance Improvement at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, who also happened to be one of the poster judges. He was very impressed with the standard of our posters and the improvement work that was detailed within it.
He specifically mentioned [Ko Awatea Improvement Advisor] Ian Hutchby’s poster on planned experimental design, which is a way of identifying specific changes in a short period of time by doing more than one experiment at the same time, I think that was really neat that Robert Lloyd got excited about the methodologies that we were using.
There was also an interesting voting system for posters. The whole conference had these little electronic USB sticks shaped like hands. You put your profile on and you could swap your business information by “high-fouring” as they said.
Ko Awatea won the Patent Flow Optimisation category for both the Moving Forward with ACE – Acute Care for the Elderly poster and the Supporting Life After Stroke: Implementing an Early Supported Discharge Service to Provide Specialist Rehabilitation at Home poster.
The Ko Awatea team poster for Well Managed Pain was also a runner up in the Specialist Interest category.
When we won lots of people to came up to me and there was an amazing amount of people who congratulated us just on the quality of the posters. It’s a very friendly atmosphere and everybody was incredibly nice.