AQuA news: June

AQuA is a membership health improvement organisation

Expressions of interest invited for Clinical members on Clinical Commissioning Governing Bodies Expressions of interest are invited from secondary care doctors and registered nurses in the North of England who would like to be considered for appointment as members of the governing body of the new Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) that are being established from April 2013. These roles would start in 2012 although the governing body would not be operating independently until the formal establishment of CCGs as statutory bodies in April 2013 when Primary Care Trusts are abolished.

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 to by Friday 8th June. For further information, please contact Rachel Dennis, Programme Manager, 0161 206 8401,

How to apply the Shingo principles of operational excellence The Manufacturing Institute has an excellent two-day workshop on offer.

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 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’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,

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 3 – 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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