The International Improvement Research Symposium

Running for a ninth year, this all-day event at the International Forum aims to connect researchers and healthcare professionals who are at the frontline of implementing evidence-based improvement interventions.

About the International Improvement Research Symposium

The International Improvement Research Symposium, taking place on Wednesday 27 March as part of the three-day International Forum programme, aims to connect researchers and healthcare professionals who are at the frontline of coproducing and implementing evidence-based improvement interventions.

The Improvement Research Symposium has been running for nine years now. It aims to:

  • Contribute to advancements in improving health and healthcare
  • Bring researchers from diverse backgrounds together to share learning with each other and with improvement practitioners and patients
  • Provide an international platform to showcase cutting edge improvement science research
  • Debate and advance the thinking on issues of key importance to the improvement science community
  • Support improvement science researchers at all stages of their career.

The Improvement Research Symposium’s programme includes presentations of leading research and interactive sessions to highlight key issues to improve quality and patient safety.

We hope that the event will inspire and galvanise researchers and practitioners with a renewed sense of community and direction around which to focus their endeavours.

The International Improvement Research Symposium programme

Wednesday 27 March


09:00 – 09:30 Introduction

09:30 – 10:30 Keynote Presentation: Improvement science in stormy and uncharted waters: what can we learn from complexity

Trish Greenhalgh, Professor of Primary Care Sciences, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford

11:00 – 12:30 Selected abstract presentations (20 mins presentation, 30 mins discussion)

  • The Patient Safety Collaborative Evaluation Study (The PiSCES Study)  – Rob Bethune, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
  • Understanding the influences on successful quality improvement in emergency general surgery: learning from a mixed-methods evaluation of the Chole-QuIC project – Tim Stephens, Critical Care and Perioperative Medicine Research Group, Queen Mary University of London
  • Longitudinal follow-up of safety culture in operating theatres post implementation of the WHO’s Surgical Safety Checklist – Arvid Steinar Haugen, Haukeland University Hospital

13:30 – 15:15 Interactive poster session
A series of hosted round table conversations themed around the frontiers of improvement science. This will include selected poster presentations and other topics – 2 presenters per table.

  • Can minimum nurse-to-patient ratios reduce patient mortality in acute care hospitals: A cohort study – Christian Rochefort, University of Sherbrooke
  • Taking time to care: a meta-narrative of the experience for the parent of a child with Intellectual Disability in hospital – Laurel Mimmo, Sydney Children’s Hospital/University of NSW
  • How can the strategy to improve long term health outcomes of importance to patients be implemented in clinical practice? – Helena Ogink, Sahlgrenska university hospital
  • Frameworks to maximise effective intervention sustainability in a hospital setting – a systematic review – Julie Cowie, University of Stirling
  • Quality management of Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention and Control by healthcare workers to limit antibiotic resistance in hospitals – Julia Keizer, University of Twente
  • A balanced approach to identifying, prioritising and evaluating all potential consequences of quality improvement: Findings from a qualitative study, narrative review and modified Delphi study – Madalina Toma, University of Dundee
  • SPC Traffic Lights: Stop on Green and Go on Red – Helen Ganley, Royal North Shore Hospital

15:45 – 17:00 Keynote Presentation: The intersection between improvement and implementation

Rohit Ramaswamy, Professor, Public health leadership programme, Gillings School of Global Public Health