The International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Jointly organised by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) and BMJ, the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare has a rich history of supporting and energising the international movement for health and care improvement.

From 300 people meeting in London in 1996 to around 5000 improvers attending the International Forum events every year, the conference is the place to hear and meet some of the world’s brightest minds and to forge relationships that drive improvement and innovation in health and care across the world. You can find our list of speakers here.

The International Forum in Copenhagen will focus on the key themes in health and care in Europe, while bringing in perspectives and knowledge from around the world. See our live programme.

Welcome to the quality improvement community

Using our combined expertise and passion, IHI and BMJ bring you one of the largest international conferences focused on improving outcomes for patients and communities through quality improvement. Joining the quality improvement community guarantees you to:

  • Get re-energised, inspired and ready to tackle the challenges ahead of you
  • Embrace new ideas and perspectives to accelerate your progress
  • Get the latest research into quality and safety improvement
  • Gain practical knowledge on using improvement methods
  • Connect with like-minded colleagues to share experiences and improvement approaches, learn from innovative projects, and start collaborations

Early Bird bookings are open until 8 March 2023 – book your place today.

The programme at Copenhagen 2023

At the International Forum in Copenhagen, we will continue key discussions about the delivery of equitable and safer care, and we will showcase the most innovative improvement and patient safety initiatives from around the world.

Our theme, Adapting to a changing world: equity, sustainability and wellbeing for all, will focus us on how the improvement movement can help healthcare systems adapt and thrive in a changing world. Some of the key topics we will address include equity, wellbeing, sustainability and learning from adverse events. Read more about the programme.

Joining us in Copenhagen gives you access to 75+ live sessions across 3 days, including 10 half-day workshops, 8 off-site experience visits, 4 keynotes, over 100 patient safety and QI speakers and an interactive poster gallery showcasing projects from across the world.

The full programme schedule is now live and can be found here.

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Dates for your diary

We will be making more information available about the conference, the programme and activities that you could expect in Copenhagen over the next few months.

In the meantime, here are some dates to be aware of.

Call for Speakersclosed on 24 August 2022

Call for Postersclosed on 7 December 2022

Registrationnow open (Early Bird closes 8 March 2023)

Improvement science abstracts accepted

At this year’s International Forum in Copenhagen, we are introducing an Improvement Science content stream, with sessions taking place over the 2 main conference days (16-17 May 2023).

As part of this stream, there will be presentations of both invited and submitted work, and we are looking for examples of innovative ideas and projects to showcase as part of this stream.

The purpose of the Improvement Science stream is to bring together academics and practitioners working in the Quality Improvement space to demonstrate and discuss new practices and applications of improvement and a healthcare evaluation methodology. So, if you would like to take part, you can submit an abstract directly here.

We plan to include accepted abstracts in a special supplement of BMJ Open Quality, subject to peer review.

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