The International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare

A series of international conferences for those concerned with quality improvement and patient safety.

About us

The International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare is a series of international conferences that inform and inspire healthcare leaders, practitioners and patients towards a better, safer and higher quality of care.

With over 25 years of history, the International Forum supports and energises the movement for patient safety and healthcare improvement by bringing in knowledge, ideas and expertise that inform quality projects and practice transformation worldwide.

Over 4,700 participants from 80+ countries attend our International Forums each year and tackle today and tomorrow’s critical health and healthcare challenges. They connect to form long-term partnerships and to consider new ways of thinking about healthcare. See more about who should attend.

We believe that improvement and transformation involve everyone in an organisation.

Whether virtually or in person, we bring together healthcare improvers, including patients, from different parts of the world to discuss and share examples of innovation that can be replicated and to form long-term connections.

Now more than ever, the International Forum’s digital delivery gives more of you the chance to join our collaborative international community so you can exchange ideas, celebrate successes, and help each other solve problems.

Our conferences in 2021

With conferences taking place throughout the year, you have an opportunity to join one or more of our virtual International Forums in 2021. They will focus on the key themes in quality improvement and patient safety, beyond the pandemic, in Europe, Asia and Australasia, bringing in different regional perspectives and evidence.

Showcasing regional perspectives, bringing in international expertise

The programme for each International Forum is developed in close partnership with regional strategic partners. Each event showcases strategies from local experts and the international community, addressing regional needs and bringing in the best of global learning to the region.

Our conferences in 2022

We are delighted to be returning to Gothenburg, Sweden for an in-person conference on 30 March – 1 April 2022. Find out more here.

The International Forum schedule

After successfully delivering our first entirely virtual International Forum in 2020, we are excited to offer you more virtual opportunities to connect and re-energise your improvement projects in 2021.

Europe 2021: 9-11 June (CEST)

Australasia 2021: 8-10 September (AEDT)

Asia 2021: 25-27 November (HKT)

And in 2022, we are very hopeful of a return to face-to-face conferences at least in some capacity and regions. We are happy to confirm our first in-person event of the year:

Gothenburg 2022: 30 March – 1 April 

Our mission and vision

To improve outcomes for patients and communities, the International Forum provides a platform to share relevant knowledge and expertise that inform quality improvement and practice transformation projects worldwide.

The International Forum is organised by IHI and BMJ

The International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare 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)

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is an independent not-for-profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. For more than 25 years, IHI has used improvement science to advance and sustain better outcomes in health and health systems across the world. IHI brings awareness of safety and quality to millions, catalyzes learning and the systematic improvement of care, develops solutions to previously intractable challenges, and mobilizes health systems, communities, regions, and nations to reduce harm and deaths. IHI works in collaboration with the growing IHI community to spark bold, inventive ways to improve the health of individuals and populations. IHI generates optimism, harvests fresh ideas, and supports anyone, anywhere who wants to profoundly change health and health care for the better. Visit the IHI website.

BMJ

As a global healthcare knowledge provider, BMJ publishes one of the world’s most cited general medical journals, The BMJ, and over 70 specialty journals. The company also offers digital professional development courses and clinical decision support tools to help health professionals improve the quality of healthcare delivery. Visit the BMJ website.

Why join an International Forum

By attending an International Forum, you can find evidence and inspiration to support your improvement strategies. Joining more than one will help you keep connected, continue learning throughout the year and hear, as well as share, different viewpoints and evidence.

  • Get re-energised, invigorate your mind
  • Embrace fresh ideas and perspectives to accelerate progress and innovation
  • Get the latest research into quality and safety improvement and discover new pioneers and leaders
  • Gather the evidence and practical ideas needed to support local improvement
  • Recognise individual accomplishments and showcase your achievements
  • Build global networks that bring understanding between healthcare organisations and inspire collaboration