AQuA – June issue

AQuA News
Latest AQuA News. Issue 19: June 2012 
Inside this edition you will find some of the following: 

– AQuA Launches Learning Set for Shared Decision Making
– Don’t miss AQuA’s Annual General Meeting
– This year’s Clinical Leaders Network/AQuA Steve Henderson Award Winner Announced
– Launch of the AQuA Mental Health ‘Harmfree’care Programme
– Blackpool shows how it is Advancing Quality in Heart Failure Care
Link to full details…

The NHS Commissioning Authority has now made public the list of CCGs and the GP Practices that are covered by each CCG. Information on the resource allocations, population sizes, running cost allowances and the authorisation wave are included in the announcement.
Please click on the link below for the full story:
Proposed CCG configuration and member practices published.

24/7 services development and scoping group – 
Opportunity for Senior Leaders – all AQuA member organisations

AQuA is holding a scoping/reference group meeting on Monday 25th June, 9.00 am – 11.00am for interested members to join us to look at the 24/7 service agenda. The session will look to explore what it is the membership has an appetite for in the arena of 24/7 reliable care systems and how linkages can be made to work already being carried out or that is in the pipeline.
The venue is the AQuA offices Suite 4, 5th Floor, St James’s House.
If you would like to participate could you please confirm you attendance by Friday 8th June.
For further information, please contact Rachel Dennis, Programme Manager, 0161 206 8401,

Health & Well Being Event – Wednesday 30th May 2012
For further information contact Jaria Hussain-Lala Tel: 0161 253 5167 E:

How to apply the Shingo principles of operational excellence

The Manufacturing Institute has an excellent two-day workshop on offer.

Spring 2012 Acute Trust Quality Dashboard announced

Link to full details…

Healthcare Foundation Shine Awards Applications now open
The Health Foundation’s Shine programme open for funding applications – over £1 million available for support innovative healthcare teams.
Link to full details…

Recruiting for the next free “Nurse First” cohort in Manchester in September 2012
Nurse First is the most intensive innovation and leadership programme in the UK for clinical staff. It is a free 21 – day residential programme that runs over a year and includes masterclasses, learning sets and coaching support, developed in partnership with the Queens Nursing Institute, Bucks New University, the Shaftesbury Partnership and Johnson & Johnson. It will support you to: create innovative ideas to clinical challenges, raise the funding needed to make these ideas happen and help you implement them in your organisation.
For more information visit:

Get to grips with PDSA testing
Are you ready to start PDSA testing around the ‘Safe & Timely Discharge’ interventions? As we start work on PDSA testing of our 4 ‘safe & timely discharge interventions’ I invite you to join me for a practical ‘PDSA – Hands on, Getting to grips with PDSA’ afternoon on 23rd May at the Frank Rifkin Lecture Theatre, at the Mayo Centre, Salford Royal Hospital Trust, 2-4pm.

Avoiding unnecessary Hospital Admissions and inappropriate A&E attendances of Children & Young People with Long Term Conditions

Advancing Quality Pneumonia collaborative on 29th June
We are inviting you and your AQ pneumonia team to this Advancing Quality pneumonia collaborative learning session seven on Friday 29th June 2012. The meeting will include a number of presentations and networking opportunities where we hope to share best practice across the North West in pneumonia care.

The shape of the acute care sector in the face of NHS reform and the implications for the wider system – 10th July. 2012 4.30 PM – 6.30 PM 
Keynote speaker: Mike Farrar, Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School is a professional educational community that provides online education and training to enable individuals to become change agents in healthcare improvement. AQuA has purchased a number of licenses which will enable current AQuA members to benefit free of charge. This is a real opportunity to develop skills and capacity in individuals whilst supporting the quality and safety agenda in organisations.

In February 2012 we offered each AQuA member the opportunity to assign 5 licenses to named individuals within their organisation. However a number of organisations listed below have yet to take up their full quota of licences. If your organisation has not taken up its licences and you wish to benefit from this excellent opportunity, please contact David Dixon, Quality Improvement Lead, on

AQuA Improvement Methodologies (AIM)
Cohort 9 (31st May – 16th July 2012)
 Booking closes 25th May 2012
The AQuA Improvement Methodology programme is geared at front line staff/operational leaders in member organisations wanting to gain an introduction to the fundamentals and concepts of quality improvement. Suitable for staff with a basic knowledge of quality improvement tools or for experienced staff wanting to refresh their knowledge and skills.
Book online

AQuA’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 14 June 2012, between 9.30 – 11.00 at the Humphrey Booth Lecture Theatre, Salford Royal Hospital NHS FT,
(postcode: M6 8HD).

The Psychology of Shared Decision Making 
The Psychology of Shared Decision Making
25th July 2012, 10:30 – 11:30 am

Patient Value Maximisation & Shared Decision Making webex
Patient Value Maximisation & Shared Decision Making presented by Daghni Rajasingam
11th September 2012

Shared Decision Making -The GP Perspective
Shared Decision Making -The GP Perspective!
11th October 2012, 10.30-11.30am

Long Term Conditions Update 
A Monthly update, which covers the AQuA LTC programme.

Mental Health Update
Issue 2 – A Monthly update, which covers the AQuA MH programme.

Dementia Improvement Weekly Planner

Risk Stratification Monthly Webex 
Stratifying the whole population according to their risk of high intensity health and social care utilisation is a key driver to improve the quality of care for people living with Long Term Conditions.


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