International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare

Supporting the movement for healthcare improvement

Now entering our 21st year, the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare is one of the world's largest gatherings of healthcare professionals committed to improving patient care and their safety. The last International Forum in London in 2015 connected over 3,000 healthcare leaders and practitioners from 83 countries, providing an inspirational setting to meet, learn and share knowledge in our common mission to improve the quality and safety of care for patients and communities across the world. In 2016 the International Forum travels to Gothenburg, Sweden.


Promote your improvement projects at the International Forum

Call for Abstracts for the International Forum in Gothenburg in April 2016 is now open!

Every year we accept abstracts from individuals and teams interested in displaying their improvement work as a poster at the International Forum. We also request abstracts for oral presentation at the International Improvement Science and Research Symposium, part of the International Forum programme. All abstracts go through a peer-review process before being approved for display.

Find out more about Call for Abstracts or go directly to one of the two types of abstract submissions below.

Abstracts for Poster Displays (deadline: 2 November 2015)

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Improvement Science Abstracts (deadline: 28 September 2015)

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Highlights from London 2015

This year we actively searched for opportunities to empower patients to manage their own care and make decisions that contribute to improving their health. We were again reminded of the power of the global healthcare community to inspire new and experienced professionals alike to work with patients and their families, to be healthcare leaders and to drive a lasting change in team culture and organisational practice. We concentrated on listening, we explored technologies and innovations from non-healthcare industries, we talked about abandoning myths and silos that we have been taught to work with, and putting patients, families, communities and healthcare providers at the core of any policy development.

We offered delegates a varied programme inclusive of cutting edge sessions across 9 streams, specialist full day courses, including our first ever Policy Seminar, experience days taking place in sites across London, and keynotes delivered by healthcare experts and inspirational leaders from outside healthcare. We again helped people connect to tackle common challenges and collectively learned from the diverse improvement work showcased as poster displays and carried out by teams from all over the world.

Please watch the short highlights video from London 2015 and join us in making the next step in Gothenburg 2016.


International Forum: Asia | Hong Kong, 28-30 September 2015

There is not long left until our first International Forum in Asia, a milestones in the 20 years history of the International Forum. The new International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare: Asia will address regional needs as well as bring the best of international learning to the region. Developed in close partnership with regional strategic partners, International Forum: Asia will continue the work of the International Forum in improving healthcare and outcomes for patients and communities.

Read more about International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare: Asia