Call for Speakers

We are looking for dynamic speakers to share their quality improvement and patient safety experience and knowledge at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare in Copenhagen.

Call for Speakers ends 24 August 2022.

Call for Speakers is now closed.

Why should you get involved?

The International Forum has a rich history of supporting and energising the international movement for health and care improvement. We connect health and care leaders and practitioners worldwide to improve outcomes for patients and communities.

Our Call for Speakers gives you the opportunity to be part of a movement to ignite change across healthcare networks on a global scale and share your work with an audience who has the power to make a real difference.

We are looking for dynamic speakers to discuss their quality improvement and patient safety experience and knowledge in Copenhagen on 15-17 May 2023.

You can submit a proposal to showcase an innovative project, run an interactive workshop or inspire a new way of thinking. We welcome applications from across the healthcare sector and beyond, including non-clinicians, patients and carers, voluntary/social sector employees, students. We also welcome first-time presenters.

What are we looking for?

At the International Forum, we bring together the global quality improvement community to drive a revolution in patient outcomes. To do this, we share innovative performances, ideas and experiences from different countries, professions and healthcare systems. We showcase what works (and what doesn’t), and connect health and care leaders, practitioners, communities and patients worldwide.

We have a strong preference for content that:

  • Is co-designed with or lead by patients or service users
  • Illustrates strategies facilitating interdependent approaches for achieving improvement within and across settings and systems.
  • Contains new and fresh ideas that have the potential to change the status quo
  • Has a robust evidence base with reliable results

Call for Speaker topics

For the International Forum in Copenhagen, we have seven key areas for submissions.


One of the biggest challenges facing the global quality movement is limiting the harm caused by medical error. Abstracts in this stream should consider innovative ways to tackle this issue, considering how we prevent adverse events through advances in technology, process and human factors training. We’re also looking for approaches that analyse what goes well (frequent events) in order to create a system that is able to adapt to shifting and unexpected conditions without a reduction in quality of care.

Quality, Cost, Value

More care is not always better; overtesting and overprescribing can lead to a worse outcome for the patient and an intolerable strain on the healthcare system. Abstracts in this stream should consider how to improve efficiency of care by creating new models, process improvements or pathways that are focussed on what matters most to the patient.

Person and Family-Centred Care

A core value of the quality improvement movement is moving from a place where healthcare is provided to the patient, to a collaborative space where patients have agency over the design, process and outcomes from their care. Abstracts in this stream should consider how we keep the patient at the heart of healthcare, the value of co-designing projects with service users, and the benefits of patients taking the lead in improving lives for their communities.

Population and Public Health

The quality improvement movement recognises that to improve outcomes for a population we need to promote health as well as prevent illness, and ensure everyone has equal access to care. Abstracts in this stream should look at innovative approaches to improving health outcomes on a national scale, as well as how new approaches can reach the most vulnerable people in our communities.

Building Capability and Leadership

To implement a new revolution in quality of care, organisations need to empower individuals at every level to be agents for change. Abstracts in this stream should consider how we can disseminate learning and knowledge, build networks, optimise teams and scale up ideas from individual projects to international programmes.

Improvement Methods

Any successful quality improvement strategy needs to be underpinned by a robust methodology and framework so that results can be measured, evaluated and shared. Abstracts in this stream should consider how we analyse these methodologies, and what new models and approaches could transform the way we take ideas through to successful implementation.

Integrated Care 
Integrated care is about bringing together local councils, healthcare providers, and other partners to support patients within their homes and communities. It removes traditional divisions between hospitals and family doctors, as well as those between physical and mental health to improve outcomes for all. Abstracts in this stream should demonstrate examples of leading integrated care in practice, and submissions are welcome from those working across the health and care sector.

Notifying you

You will be notified of the outcome of your submission by email in December 2022. Please note the email address that you supply in the Submitter Details page will be the email address used to correspond the results of your submission. If you change email addresses during this time, please let us know so we can update your records.