Clinical Leadership Challenges seminar proves a success

Published: 06 Jun 2016

The Clinical Leadership Challenges seminar held on 27 May at London’s Oval cricket ground has proved a success with 100% of delegates rating the event as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’.

The event, which used Clinical Outcomes Publication (COP) work as the basis for discussions around leadership challenges, attracted more than 70 clinical leaders from across the clinical audit community and coincided with the launch of the COP Technical  Manual and COP Programme Briefing 2016-20.

Chaired by HQIP medical director, Professor Danny Keenan, the busy and thought-provoking programme included presentations from CQC and chief inspector of hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards and  NHS England medical  director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh.  The morning concluded with open round table discussions on topics such as driving QI through data, viewpoints on outlier analysis and how to celebrate excellence in performance.

The concept of ‘Intelligent Transparency’ was a recurring theme in discussions, and Stephen Holmberg, medical director at Brighton University Hospitals, shared his organisation’s experience of acknowledging outliers and successfully supporting them to improve outcomes.

“We are all faced with many pressures and challenges in the NHS and we must not be afraid to tackle these transparently,” he commented. “I was very pleased to be able to report our experiences to colleagues at what was a very engaging and positive event. These kind of clinical leadership discussions are fundamental to all of us in healthcare facing often tough challenges honestly and pragmatically.”

Elsewhere, Keogh urged the clinical leaders to reflect on their achievements: “We’re pretty damn good [in healthcare] in this country and our clinical audits give a chance to prove it. Let’s celebrate it.”

A report summarising the events and identifying actions will be published on the HQIP website in the coming weeks.