About the International Forum in Europe

With a 25 years history of inspiring healthcare improvement, the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare is a conference for 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.

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 International 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 holding a number of International Forums throughout the year in different regions.

The annual event in Europe is 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, over 3,000 attendees from around 70 countries come together to take part in sessions and discussions that range from the basic disciplines of quality improvement to the latest thinking in how to improve quality and safety.

For the first time in our 25 years history, the 2020 International Forum in Europe will be a fully virtual conference providing a space to stay connected, share best practice and come up with practical solutions.

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 International Forums in Europe and see what our delegates say about their experiences at the conference.

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.

Other forthcoming International Forums

2-6 November 2020 – Copenhagen, Denmark

21-23 April 2021 – London, UK

7-9 June 2021, Sydney, Australia (postponed from 2020)

Postponed (dates tbc) – New Delhi, India

21-23 April 2021, London, UK 

27-29 September 2021, Hong Kong (website will be available in October 2020)