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Register for the second webinar in our series

Join us for the second webinar in our series - Remobilising elective care: Sharing innovations from across Scotland on 29 September 13:00-14:30. This session will focus on managing the physical environment and service user engagement. This session aims to continue to share learning and best practice examples of ways to overcome COVID-19 related challenges in an elective care setting. Register to attend the webinar. (Published 11 September 2020)

 

Introducing our Access learning webinar series 

The first Access learning webinar took place on 2 September and focused on sharing learning and best practice examples of ways to overcome COVID-19 related challenges in an elective care setting. Staff from across Scotland came together virtually to discuss the challenge of remobilising elective care, and share their local innovations with others. Continue reading… (Published 11 September 2020)

 

Register for the first webinar in our series

Join us at our upcoming webinar Remobilising elective care: Sharing innovations from across Scotland on 2 September 14:00-15:30. This session will share learning and best practice examples of ways to overcome COVID-19 related challenges in an elective care setting. Register to attend the webinar. (Published 11 August 2020)

 

Last 10 patients tool

Mapping the last 10 patients can help understand patient flow within a pathway and identify bottlenecks and areas for improvement. You can see the last 10 patient tool we developed with NHS Lothian, and a summary of the NHS Lothian Dermatology experience on our Tools and Resources page (Published 6 August 2020)

 

We're back and we need your help!

After four long months of hibernation, Access QI is back. We entered hibernation in March as COVID-19 started to place pressures on our health and social care system. But the world has literally changed since then, and so has Access QI. We are changing to help boards respond to COVID-19 and we want to showcase how you have used local innovation to adapt your elective care services to be safely delivered in this new world. Continue reading... (Published 3 August 2020)

 

COVID-19

Unfortunately the Access QI programme has been suspended due to COVID-19. We hope suspending the programme will free up capacity in hospitals to respond to the crisis. We look forward to restarting the programme at a more suitable time in the future. (Published 20 March 2020) 

 

The first accelerator site learning session

The first Access QI learning session took place on 3 March, where our accelerator sites came together to share learning and discuss challenges and successes. Continue reading... (Published 17 March 2020)

 

Using quality improvement to improve waiting times

Learn from our National Programme Director, Thomas Monaghan, about Access QI, a national programme that supports NHS boards to use quality improvement to sustainably improve access and reduce waiting times. Continue reading... (Published 6 March 2020)

 

Measuring for Access QI

Hi, I’m Alison. I’ve worked with data to support improvements in healthcare for over 10 years now, so you’d think a new project would be straight forward; it never is. Here are a few examples that have been taxing from a data perspective. Continue reading... (Published 24 February 2020)

 

Knowledge Sharing with the Scottish Access Collaborative

We delivered a WebEx for Accelerator Sites on 20 February. Lindsey Mitchell from the Scottish Access Collaborative presented an overview of the background and founding principles of the Collaborative. She also discussed the concept of “Team Service Planning”, which is a multidisciplinary approach to defining, developing, and delivering clinical capacity within a defined service or team in order to provide optimal service with limited resources. (Published 24 February 2020)

 

Access QI reflections

Hi, I’m Toby and I recently joined Healthcare Improvement Scotland from working as an analyst at Information Services Division (ISD). Given that Access QI is my first major project here I was asked to share with you some of the things I’ve learned along the way as we developed the measurement guide. Continue reading... (Published 19 February 2020)

 

Project Surgery

The first Project Surgery took place virtually on 29 January. The Access QI team, and delegates from NHS Grampian, NHS Lothian, and NHS Tayside discussed the revised measurement guide and how they will be reporting their collected data on key outcome measures. The accelerator sites also provided an update on the work that is taking place within the pathways. (Published 30 January 2019)

 

Data and Measures session

We held a Data and Measures virtual session on 18 December 2019. The Access QI team, and delegates from NHS Grampian, NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside discussed a draft measurement plan. Historically there have been challenges measuring capacity in pathways, and sites are going to try collecting data on key outcome measures for the end of January. (Published 18 December 2019)

 

Pathway Diagnostic Guidance

We’ve developed a working draft of Pathway Diagnostic Guidance to help supplement accelerator site diagnostics of current pathways. We are keen to receive feedback on how useful it is, and tools or methods that we should include or remove from the guide. Please get in touch at hcis.access-qi@nhs.net to share your feedback. (Published 12 November 2019)

 

Launch event

We held the Access QI launch event on 30 October 2019. It included an introduction to Access QI by Ruth Glassborow, Director of Improvement, and workshops on proposed measures, pathway diagnostic and scheduling systems. (Published 8 November)

 

Accelerator site recruitment

We have recruited NHS Grampian, NHS Lothian and NHS Tayside as accelerator sites. Each site has identified three pathways to focus their improvement activity:
• NHS Grampian are focusing on Dermatology, Gynaecology and Urology,
• NHS Lothian are focusing on Dermatology, CAMHS and Urology, and
• NHS Tayside are focusing on Colorectal, Gynaecology and potentially Urology.
(Published 28 October 2019)