The Wessex Emergency Department Network meets regularly at different Emergency Departments across Wessex and offers an opportunity for staff to share best practice and new ideas with a focus on patient safety and QI.
Membership is growing with each meeting and includes multidisciplinary staff from each of the regions Emergency Departments.
If you would like to learn more and join the next meeting please contact Lesley Mackenzie, Patient Safety Programme Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org
Below are a number of resources you may find useful should you have an interest in this area of clinical practice, patient safety and quality improvement and opposite are three Quality Improvement Projects that were presented at the network meeting on 27th March.
The Royal College of Emergency Medicine Website
This page collates some of the most useful quality improvement (QI) resources for Emergency Departments.
Royal College Emergency Medicine Quality Improvement Guide- A practical guide for clinicians undertaking quality improvement in Emergency Departments, November 2016
This guide is intended to assist Fellows and Members who are undertaking QI work in their Emergency Departments. It is intended to help bridge the gap between improvement science and implementation.
Francis report recommendations- A checklist for Emergency Departments- The College of Emergency Medicine, June 2013
The Francis report has many recommendations for organisations as a result of the enquiry. The College has developed this checklist for Clinical Directors of the Emergency Department – taking the most relevant recommendations and identifying key actions for clinical leaders of emergency departments. While the list is not exhaustive it is meant as a handy guide to action that might usefully be taken in the first instance.
The Safety Toolkit- The College of Emergency Medicine, December 2013
This safety tool kit aims to describe the structures, processes and skills required for a ‘safe’ department. The original concept was that it would enable any Emergency Physician, starting from scratch, to construct a safety framework that contained all the key elements necessary to support the delivery of high quality care whilst at the same time being vigilant to ongoing risks. In reality the majority of Emergency Departments will already have well established structures for ensuring safe care but it is also probable that not all elements are as effective as they should be; so the aim is that this toolkit will provide something useful for all.
There are resources identified within each section to stimulate, provoke and challenge, as well as guide personal development. There are overlapping references and differing perspectives but the vision is of a resource for change and development.
The top ten significant incident reports in emergency medicine-The College of Emergency Medicine
Themes identified as the 10 most commonly reported clinically significant incident reports in Emergency Medicine.
West of England AHSN- Quality Improvement Toolkit
The aim of this toolkit is to support colleagues working in healthcare organisations across the West of England to improve the quality, efficiency and productivity of patient care they provide. The material combines useful guidance and material available about Quality Improvement in one place. It aims to provide a clear explanation about some of the common approaches used to improve quality and their underlying principles in a simple, understandable way.