On the 3rd of November 2016, CLAHRC NWL held their Autumn Collaborative Learning Event at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, 27 Sussex Pl, London NW1 4RG, United Kingdom.

The day was opened by Professor Derek Bell and unloaded a day filled with global sharing on quality improvement methods and how to utilise them efficiently. The video below shows the first Plenary Session presented by Professor Danny Keenan, cardiac surgeon and Medical Director of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The preliminary Sessions were dynamic, informative and embodied the collaboration ethos of NIHR CLAHRC NWL. The Sessions included, Working With Patients and Carers, Closing the Translation Gap, Introduction to Measuring for Improvement and Impact of Design in Healthcare  Service Improvement.

The following tweets highlight some of the visitor feedback and thoughts on some of the sessions:

Closing The Translation Gap
Working With Patients and Carers

The afternoon kicked off with an excellent array of judged presentations from the CLAHRC NWL’s Round 6 Research Driven Improvement Projects’ leads grouped under the subject matter of Quality Improvement In Action.

Dr James Williamson, Medical Director of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Australia hosted an interactive talk about Choices, Chances and Changes highlighting quality improvement from an Australian perspective.

His ‘Death by Dashboard’ concept resonated with the audience including CLAHRC NWL’s own Public Health and Information Intelligence Co-Lead, Dr Tom Woodcock.


Video below captures his session and advice.


Quality Improvement In Action was continued with a representation from CLAHRC NWL’s Round 7 Research Driven Improvement Projects’ leads, where they gave highlights on their projects.

The afternoon continued with further quality improvement idea sharing and a reveal of the winners of the award for the Research Driven Improvement Project presentations.

The winning project teams were:

  • i-hyrate (Round 6)
  • Risk Assessment Model in Pregnancy of Unknown Origin also known as RAMP (Round 7)
  • Hounslow Community Atrial Fibrillation Screening Project (Round 7)

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The research projects were creatively captured by artist Eleanor Beer on the night.

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The next NIHR CLAHRC NWL Collaborative Learning Event will be on the 2nd February 2017. Be sure to register and join us! More Information here.