About the Spring International Forum

Now in its 22nd year the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare is a biannual gathering of healthcare professionals in quality improvement and patient safety. The International Forum supports and energises the movement for healthcare improvement and connects healthcare leaders and practitioners worldwide to improve outcomes for patients and communities.

Over three inspirational days, our ever-evolving International Forum guarantees to:

  • Invigorate the mind
  • Embrace fresh ideas
  • Accelerate progress
  • Recognise individual accomplishments
  • Discover new pioneers and leaders
  • Build human global networks

Our mission

The Forum has as its mission to support the movement for healthcare improvement. It aims to improve outcomes for patients and communities, provide practical ideas that can be implemented in the workplace, promote research into quality and safety improvement, foster effective innovation, and connect healthcare leaders and practitioners worldwide. The main way that it meets these aims is through the annual Forum, a three day meeting that brings together a very international group of people (from chief executives and government officials to healthcare managers and clinicians) who share a concern and a passion for improving quality and safety in healthcare. Every year the Forum brings together over 3,000 attendees from around 80 countries who take part in sessions that range from the basic disciplines of quality improvement to the latest thinking in how to improve quality and safety.

Our vision

  • Improve outcomes for patients and communities
  • Provide practical ideas that can be implemented in the workplace
  • Build coalitions to inspire understanding between healthcare organisations
  • Promote research into quality and safety improvement
  • Foster effective innovation
  • Gather the evidence needed to support local improvement
  • Connect healthcare leaders and practitioners worldwide
  • Translate concern about the quality and safety of care into effective action

Why attend

Learn about our previous Spring International Forums and see what our delegates say about their experiences at the conference at our Previous Spring Forums page.

Who we are

The International Forum is jointly organised by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and BMJ. The ambition of both organisations is to improve healthcare and outcomes for patients and communities. The International Forum is sustained by an international network of quality improvement organisations and leaders.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a leading innovator in health and health care improvement worldwide. An independent not-for-profit organization, IHI partners with visionaries, leaders, and front-line practitioners around the globe to spark bold, inventive ways to improve the health of individuals and populations. Recognized as an innovator, convener, trustworthy partner, and driver of results, IHI is the first place to turn for expertise, help, and encouragement for anyone, anywhere who wants to change health and health care profoundly for the better.

BMJ is a healthcare knowledge provider which has rapidly expanded beyond the UK and into Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. By sharing information, analytical tools and technology, BMJ helps healthcare professionals and organisations improve the care they provide and assist medical professionals with their ongoing development. BMJ’s purpose is to advance healthcare worldwide by sharing knowledge and expertise to improve experiences, outcomes and value.

Future spring International Forum dates

2-4 May 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

27-29 March 2019, Glasgow, Scotland