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Wessex Quality and Improvement Conference

15 June 2016, Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton

Wessex AHSN and Health Education England (Wessex) jointly hosted the inaugural Wessex Quality and Improvement Conference on 15 June 2016.

This event was an opportunity to showcase and celebrate patient safety and quality improvement excellence in Wessex. It was the annual conference of the Wessex Community of Safety and Improvement Practice (CSIP) linking people and projects across Wessex. Nearly 240 people attended the conference and #CSIPwessex16, our Twitter hash tag for the event, was viewed nearly one million times!

What did the day include?

The programme for the day included energising sessions and motivational case studies nationally and from across the Wessex region showcasing excellence in patient safety and improvement. A conference programme is available here - Conference Programme (pdf) 

Tracy Broom (Associate Director, Wessex PSC) welcomed delegates and outlined what was on offer to those attending, including plenary and breakout sessions, and conference posters and exhibition stands.

Professor Jane Reid (Clinical Lead for the Wessex Patient Safety Collaborative (PSC)) and Dr Fleur Kitsell (Health Dean, Health Education England - Wessex) reiterated the aim of the day which was to support the development of a community of practice within which identified individuals can integrate, share and develop engage and bring together people with improvement expertise, and showcase excellence in improvement and patient safety across Wessex.

Why Wessex - Video

As part of the day, delegates were shown a video created for the conference titled 'Why Wessex?'

We asked staff about working in Wessex in relation to patient safety, their patients and their colleagues; this is what they said (Youtube)

Plenary speakers

We were delighted to welcome the following plenary speakers:

  • Clare Bowen who held a reflective conversation on what has changed in patient safety in recent years based on her experience
  • Peter Walsh (Chief Executive, Action Against Medical Accidents) joined Clare and discussed the importance of the Duty of Candour and other developments including the Healthcare Safety Investigations Branch - Link to slides (pdf) 
  • Tracy Broom introduced a video commissioned for the conference from healthcare professionals across the Wessex region on patient safety and their roles
  • Sue Mellor (Head of Patient Services and Voluntary Services Manager, RBCH) and Alan Mercel-Sanca (an LGB&T educationalist) looked at the principles for co-design and working in partnership with patients - Link to slides (pdf)
  • Dr Bill Kirkup, CBE (Chairman of the Morecombe Bay investigation) considered how the lessons learnt in the Morecombe Bay investigation can be applied locally - Link to slides (ppt)
  • Helen Vernon (Chief Executive, NHS Litigation Authority) joined our keynote panel looking at challenges and priorities in improvement and patient safety
  • Dr Kate Pryde (Consultant Paediatrician, UHS FT) provided an overview on how we can spread improvement and provided some Wessex exemplars - Link to slides (pdf)
  • Suzette Woodward (Campaign Director, Sign up to Safety) provided uplifting commentary on the impact on outcomes from the patient safety work taking place across Wessex


Find out more about our plenary speakers and conference leads here - Speaker and Leads summary (pdf)

Breakout Sessions

Delegates could attend two breakout sessions on a variety of topics. Please click here to see the slides from these sessions.

Session A Session B
Human Factors Leadership
Transfers of Care and Handover Frailty
Sepsis and Deterioration                       Medicines Optimisation
Co-Design and Co-Production Education and Next Generation
Primary Care Mental Health


Poster Competition

We were pleased to receive a number of poster abstracts for the conference. Following a pre-conference panel review, 38 submissions were invited to display their poster at the event. Seven were classed as 'Highly Commended' and were judged on the day. Please see the results of the poster competition below:

  • First Prize - ‘The Comfortable position’ – Positioning the Stroke arm; Carl Adams, Trainee Consultant Practitioner, HEE Wessex
  • Second Prize - Improving Emergency Care for Red flag sepsis, Dr David Martin, Emergency Medicine Consultant, RBCH
  • Third Prize - Dissemination of the change in local neutropaenic antibiotic guidelines in Poole Hospital, Dr Nicola Gray, Dr Matthew Roberts, Core Trainees & Dr Laura Hobbs, FY2 Doctor, Poole Hospital


Highly Commended  

  • Anaphylaxis Box Re-Audit; Drs R Healy, H Antrum, A Grey, S Murgatroyd and R Thomas, HHFT
  • Improving the timing of antibiotic administration in sepsis; Dr Alexandra Skubala, Emma Willett & Dr Andrew Vaughton, RBCH
  • Medication optimisation in Acute Kidney Injury, Rhian Pearce & Jasmine Sagoo, UHS FT
  • What matters most’ for those living with dementia during their stay on an orthopaedics unit; R Sherrington, G Baldwin, P Cheesman, A Gillon, L Heath, J Kynes, C More & W Rongavilla, PHT


A link to posters displayed at the event can be found here.

Exhibition Stands

The following organisations had an exhibition stand at the event:

  • Wessex AHSN
  • Health Education England (Wessex)
  • Thames Valley & Wessex Leadership Academy
  • BMJ Quality
  • Clarity Informatics
  • NHS Litigation Authority
  • Multiple resources were provided by the Health Foundation


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