International Forum on Quality & Safety in Healthcare

Change. Save. Sustain.
In Partnership with Patients

Now in its 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.


Registration is open - save with our Early Bird fees

The International Forum aims to empower and encourage participants to be actively involved in shaping the future of healthcare. Book your place early and save with our Early Bird individual and group rates.

This year we are introducing a new fees structure for group bookings, giving you even more savings and benefits when booking as a group.

To make use of Early Bird discounts, book by 1 February 2016, 5pm GMT.

There is planned website maintenance on Sunday, 22 November2015, between 8am and approximately 12am UK time. As a result, during this time you may experience some difficulties submitting abstracts and making bookings. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause you.


The Gothenburg 2016 programme is now live!

Truly co-designed in partnership with patients, our 2016 programme will focus on achieving sustainable change and clinical excellence, while continuing to save costs.

Explore the programme


Another chance to submit your work in progress!

Due to popular demand, we are accepting submissions for one of our recently launched poster categories, Improvement Works in Progress, until 14 December 2015. You can still showcase the work you have completed so far and receive guidance and inspiration from your peers and improvement experts.

Find out more



We have an exciting schedule of speakers, sessions and activities planned for Gothenburg 2016, and our first confirmed keynote speakers are:

  • Donald M. Berwick, President Emeritus and Senior Fellow, IHI; Former Administrator, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Maureen Bisognano, President and CEO, IHI
  • Brian Boyle, Healthcare advocate, public speaker and National Volunteer Spokesman of the American Red Cross
  • Lois Kelly, Author, change agent and creative strategist
  • Jaideep Prabhu, Professor of Marketing, Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business and Enterprise and Director, Centre for India & Global Business at Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
  • Olivia Wigzell, Director-General, National Board of Health and Welfare, Sweden

More information about our keynote speakers


Student and teacher applications

There are a limited number of registration places for full-time students and teachers to attend the International Forum for the three main event days (Wednesday 13 – Friday 15 April 2016). Students can also submit storyboards for display in the main poster area.

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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 Singapore 26-28 September 2016

With the dates for our second International Forum in the the Asia region confirmed for 26-28 September 2016, we are now accepting proposals from organisations and individuals who wish to speak or run interactive sessions at Singapore 2016. Call for Speakers ends 10 December 2015.

Find out more.