Journal of Surgical Simulation 2017; 4: A: 8 - 8

Published: 19 January 2017


Oral presentation

Special Issue: Homerton Improving Quality

Victoria Newlands-Bentley
Corresponding author: Victoria Newlands-Bentley, Education Centre, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Homerton Row, London, E9 6SR, UK. Email:


In recent years there has been a drive towards embedding a systematic approach to quality improvement in the NHS. Key for Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is harnessing characteristics of our organisation’s culture, such as a bottom up approach to change, with improvement being driven by frontline staff.

To support this and further develop our improvement capability, the trust is embedding a quality improvement culture that is systematic in approach. At its core, the programme will deliver a range of tools to support all staff in delivering improvements as well as opportunities to maximise gains for patients.

In order for this to be most effective, our quality improvement approach will support the trust in achieving its three strategic priorities: quality, integration and growth. Staff delivering improvement will also be asked to demonstrate our trust values in doing so.

Homerton has numerous examples of successfully delivering improvements including:

  • Hackney-wide pressure ulcer prevention programme

  • Falls prevention

  • Multidisciplinary care for services users – Integrated Independence Team (IIT) Improvement Science for Leaders

  • Person-centred care – a local collaborative

A variety of resources are available to give practical support to staff in delivering improvements.  These range from education and training, toolkit, Improving Quality Champions Network, as well as opportunities to share learning at our trust-wide Improving Quality sharing events.


pressure ulcer prevention; falls; person-centred care; quality improvement; education; healthcare

Additional Information

This presentation was given at the 6th Annual Homerton Simulation Conference: Safety Engineering and Simulation in Healthcare, Homerton University Hospital, London, UK, on 1 December 2016.

Conflicts of interest: none declared.