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    Sally Howard, topic leader for the hub, shares her insight on the imminent NHS Improvement Framework after she attended a webinar with National Director of Improvement for NHS England and NHS Improvement, Hugh McCaughey.

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    1063792898_SallyHoward.jpg.87f7a706a61780b90d6ba452f4b7f847.jpgWe know from our own experiences and those of others that patient safety fears are growing daily across the NHS and social care. Staff shortages and burnout are all taking their toll on patient satisfaction, safety and standards of care.

    I had the pleasure of joining a webinar arranged by the Health Foundation last week where the National Director of Improvement for NHS England and NHS Improvement, Hugh McCaughey, outlined the up and coming improvement framework for the NHS. A good framework provides a skeleton on which to build. His presentation included the importance of:

    • leadership both at the Board and at the front line
    • people who are empowered and engaged
    • a culture built on collaboration and continuous improvement, where it’s safe to learn
    • co-production – engagement, empowerment and ‘lived experience’.

    Workshops, seminars and conversations across social media will follow in 2020 to build the thinking. So, be ready to contribute and help make sure patient safety is coming through as the top priority.   

    And as you do, keep a copy of Roy Lilley’s latest blog in your hand. For those who don’t follow him, Roy is a health policy analyst, writer, broadcaster and commentator on the NHS and social issues. He recently posted this summary, outlining NHS electoral promises.

    Please do as he suggests – pin this up and bring it out every time you see a politician and whenever you have the opportunity. This way we can all ensure that these promises will be delivered.

    About the Author

    Sally has held national and local leadership roles within the NHS in a career spanning more than 30 years. A respected leader, passionate about improvement and inclusivity, she is trained in quality improvement methodologies and has spent the last 20 years in their practical application. She is a new contributor to the hub focussing on leading for improvement - she is also a practising coach because its rarely just about the ‘what’ you do, it’s also ‘the way that you do it’. She works with leaders of small and large teams as a thinking partner to help them be their ‘best selves’ at work.

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