International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare

In Partnership with Patients

Now entering its 21st year, the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare is an annual gathering of professionals in quality improvement and patient safety. Over four inspirational days in London in April 2015, the International Forum connected over 3,000 healthcare leaders and practitioners worldwide and provided a setting for them to meet, learn, share local knowledge and recognise accomplishments in improving quality and safety for patients and communities across the world. In 2016, the International Forum travels to Gothenburg in the west coast of Sweden.


Call for Speakers for Gothenburg 2016 is now open

Call for Speakers for the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Gothenburg is now open. We would like to receive your recommendations and proposals for good speakers that capture the current thinking and challenges in the areas of quality improvement and patient safety.

We aim to create a programme for the 2016 Forum that has been truly co-designed with patients in every area of the Forum. We are particularly looking for speaker proposals that have involved a collaboration with patients in the information presented, and which aim to present thoughtful perspectives from both healthcare professionals and patients, and those who care for them, in the messages presented.

Submit a speaker proposal for Gothenburg 2016

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Only applications submitted online on the Speaker Proposal Template will be sent for review.

Go to the Call for Speakers page for more information.

For the first time this year, presentations on the Forum main stage (Wednesday 22 April – Friday 24 April) were streamed live and made available to the public. You can now watch recordings of all streamed sessions, including all keynote presentations and headline sessions.

Watch recorded sessions here


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.


Synopsis of Policy Day at London 2015

Read what was discussed and what next steps were set at the fist ever Policy Day at the International Forum. Sponsored by The Health Foundation, the Day saw representatives from over 25 countries focus on how policy makers set national priorities for improvement.

Read the synopsis from the Policy day here


International Forum Programme and Speakers

This April, over 200 international speakers and leading quality improvement experts shared practical lessons and the latest thinking on achieving organisational and cultural transformation for the delivery of sustainable and better patient care. See full list of 2015 London speakers .

In 2015 our programme was focused on:

  • Focus on improving public health, policy and strategy development, and implementation
  • Looking at developments in medical technologies and the impact of technology innovations on health and healthcare
  • Help with change management - more support for leaders and managers to design new systems, implement change and engage with workforce on a large scale
  • More on patient safety and involving patients in the decision-making process - delegates had the opportunity to meet our new Patient Panel who were onsite in London to present the patient perspective on improving care
  • New series of Full Day Courses challenging a more advanced improvement thinking, including a new Policy Day for senior leaders

See the 2015 event guide


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Our new Forum in Asia

We are launching a new Forum in Asia to mark a key milestone in the history of the International Forum - 20 years of supporting and inspiring the movement for healthcare improvement. 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. To be 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