I am a week returned from the annual Board Retreat which, as always was followed by a Board meeting. Typically, to set the scene for looking to our goals for the next few years we reflect on our performance over the last little while.
In doing this, in our President’s hometown of Boston on this occasion, the Board were pleased with ISQua’s achievements in all areas but our desire to increase Membership numbers. I will come to this. As to how we have done in other areas, a brief report appears below.
Will you be joining us in Doha for ISQua's 32nd International Conference?
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The Fellowship Programme continues to see a steady increase in a number of participants joining the Programme. We have come a long way since October 2012, when the Fellowship Programme was launched to the point we are at now. Currently we have 196 participants/ graduates representing 50 countries around the globe who are the heart and soul of the Fellowship Programme.
Welcome to all new Members and thank you to those of you that have renewed Membership for 2015. At the time of writing we have 211 Individual Members and 59 Institutional Members currently from 49 countries.
After a long period of stability we have had some changes within the IAP. Sadly Ann Marie O'Brien (Accreditation Manager) has moved on to a new job and one of our longest serving members of the Accreditation Council, Prof Stuart Whittaker, has retired. We also have some exciting news in the we are introducing a new survey management tool.
The ISQua Board met in Boston for the 2016 - 2018 strategic retreat and mid-year Board Meeting.
Standing L to R: René Amalberti (FR), Peter Carter (ISQua), Jack Li (TW), Triona Fortune (ISQua), Duncan Inverarity (IRE), BK Rana (IN), Karen J Linegar (AUS), Tracey Cooper (IRE) Sitting L to R: Cliff Hughes (AUS), Wui-Chang Lee (TW), Denice Klavano (Honorary Advisor, CA), Janne Lehmann Knudsen (DK), David Bates (US), Wendy Nicklin (CA) and John Sweeney (IRE)
Peter Carter’s term as ISQua CEO ends in early 2016 and recruitment of a successor has commenced. If you have an interest in this position or know of someone who you think might be a suitable candidate, please contact the Chair of the Board Recruitment Committee, President-elect Professor Cliff Hughes, to discuss.
In 2014 ISQua launched the Global Leaders Lecture Series to support its mission of: 'Inspiring, promoting and supporting continuous improvement in the quality and safety of healthcare worldwide'.
We are continuing this series in 2015 and will be starting with a spirited conversation between two world renowned leaders in health care and quality improvement on the benefits and challenges of including patients in the design and delivery of patient care.
ISQua’s Emerging Leader Programme was established in 2014 with the aim to identify, develop and support emerging leaders from LMIC through the ISQua network. Training and supporting emerging leaders from LMIC is a means of advancing quality and safety in healthcare in those countries through geometric progression. Strategically placed leaders have a capacity to transfer knowledge, ideas and skills to groups of those they are in a position to influence who in turn may transfer knowledge to extended groups.
We are often asked at ISQua what the benefits of implementing our principles and standards and having an external survey are. We figured that the best people to tell you are our clients. Here is a short summary of some of the comments received during our evaluations.
David Bates & Lisa Zubkoff presented the 2014 HAL Award to the winning recipient, Dr. David Cella in Rio de Janeiro.
For the third year in a row, ISQua is pleased to announce that the HAL John Ware and Alvin Tarlov Career Achievement Prize in Patient Reported Outcomes Measures (PROMs) will be presented at our International Conference.
The award is named in honor of the Health Assessment Laboratory/Medical Outcomes Trust's founders, Dr. John E. Ware, Jr., and Dr. Alvin R. Tarlov - two of the world's leading pioneers in the development and use of patient reported outcome measures.
PhD Scholarship in Patient-Centric Care - AUD$50,000PA TAX-EXEMPT
The Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University has recently joined the Health Program of the Capital Markets Cooperative Research Centre (CMCRC). They have a PhD scholarship available for an outstanding candidate who will undertake research related to patient-centric care. It is proposed that the project will study the case for patient-centric care, the role to be played by primary health initiatives and the case for engagement.
With the healthcare environment facing continuous change and resource pressure, there is now an increased need to improve integration and unite all aspects of primary, community and hospital healthcare to bring about systemic improvements.
At IF’s inaugural Improving Healthcare International Convention, you will have the opportunity learn about the latest solutions and take away practical ideas that will enable you to re-think service delivery to meet the challenges of providing the highest quality health care in today’s changing health system.
With Ebola, the stakes around rapid, accurate diagnosis are very high. To reduce the delay between a patient's arrival at the clinic and a confirmed diagnosis, researchers are working on rapid Ebola diagnostics at the point-of-care (POC). But Ebola is not the only disease where a delay in diagnosis can cost lives.
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