Budding improvers take on IS4L


Congratulations to NHS Quest members and new recruits, on joining our improvement science training programme, hosted by Haelo.

IS4 is Haelo’s flagship improvement programme, a year-long bespoke team based training programme in improvement science that includes a blend of web-based learning, improvement coaching and site visits. As part of the NHS Quest membership, members can apply to join the Improvement Science for Leaders (IS4L) programme and will be sponsored to do so.

Eight teams from across the country completed the application process to participate in the Breakthrough Series Collaborative to ultimately improve patient experience and outcomes. Over the next 12 months, teams will attend three workshops, work within three action periods before attending a summit event at the end of the programme.

Four teams who have joined IS4L, cohort three, fare funded by NHS Quest, they include:

  • Team Home(rt)On The Day from Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is based in Hackney East London.
  • The Dedicated Ward Pharmacy team from East Lancashire Hospitals
  • Team Fall Musketeers from Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
  • And the Improvement Hackers from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Teams pictured clockwise from top-left: Homerton, East Lancs, Bradford and Calderdale. 

Despite being NHS Quest members, team WISH from Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, are funded by GM AHSN.

Following a recruitment and pre-work period, teams attended workshop one, on 14-16 June 2017 at Haelo HQ based in Salford Quays. In brief, the three day workshop opened with an introduction to improvement and the system of profound knowledge, followed by driver diagrams and system theory. The second day focused on measurement, including measurement for improvement, measurement strategies and visualising data. Finally, day three covered tests of change, PDSA cycles and creative thinking. All days were interspersed with project development/group work and team presentations.

They now enter action period one before they meet again for workshop two. They will be supported the expert IS4 faculty throughout the process and will access an internal ‘hub’ website to update on their progress and share with fellow teams.

To find out more about the programme, visit Haelo’s website or alternatively read about the success of previous IS4 Academic graduates, in the IS4Ac Alumni Directory 2013-2016.

Recruitment has now closed for the next cohort of teams set to begin their IS4 journey. But we’ll be in touch to let you know when the next opportunity comes along.