Now Available to Book! Learning to unlock your creativity: L.O.C in the Lakes 2017

Learning Organisation Collaborative's (L.O.C) Second International Festival

Learning to unlock your creativity: L.O.C in the Lakes 2017 │ 2nd March 2017 │ Rheged, Redhills, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0DQ

Health and social care organisations face some immense challenges, which will require all of us to think differently and approach problem solving innovatively. In order to meet our patients’ and service users' expectations and provide quality care, we must constantly improve and develop. Becoming creative thinkers, unlocking potential and implementing new ideas are an essential part of building a culture of improvement. 

It has never been more important to unlock our creativity and maximise our potential for innovation, problem solving and improvement – this year, our LOC in the Lakes Festival brings committed learning organisations together to explore their creativity, learn to think differently and understand the link between creativity and improvement.

“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns."

— Edward de Bono

You will be interested in this event if you:

  • Work in a learning organisation
  • Want to work in a learning organisation
  • Have successfully built QI into your culture
  • Are trying to build QI into your culture
  • Want to think differently
  • Want to harness your organisation’s creative potential 

If you would like to find out more, or to register your place, please click here

LOC in The Lakes 2017 is jointly sponsored by Academic Health Science Network North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC), the Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative (CLIC), and the Bay Learning and Improvement Collaborative (BLIC).


Generation Q: Fully-funded Leadership Programme Open for Application

Join The Health Foundation's fully-funded leadership and quality improvement programme for senior health care leaders.

The Health Foundation is looking for 18 senior leaders from health care policy and practice, and the charity sector, to apply for their part time, fully-funded leadership programme.

GenerationQ Fellows achieve a postgraduate certificate in Leadership (Quality Improvement) from Ashridge Business School.

GenerationQ is part time and fully-funded for senior leaders from health care practice, policy and the charity sector. It is designed to equip its Fellows with the skills and techniques to drive forward and influence improvements across services and organisations.

The programme aims to create a network of skilled and effective leaders who are able to have an impact on improving quality of care beyond their immediate sphere of influence. 

This is a unique opportunity for you to gain a postgraduate academic qualification, enhance your leadership and quality improvement skills and develop your organisation’s capability for quality improvement.

The fellowship is delivered in partnership with Ashridge Executive Education.  

If there are any members of your senior team that lead improvement at an organisation or system-level, and would benefit from and can contribute to this programme, please encourage them to apply.

For further information and to apply online, Click Here

Deadline for applications is 12 noon, 23 January 2016.

The challenge and potential of whole system flow

New Publication by The Health Foundation

Improving the flow of patients, service users, information and resources within and between health and social care organisations can have a crucial role to play in coordinating care around the needs of service users, and driving up service quality and productivity. 

Getting flow right is critical to support efforts to integrate services and deliver new models of care.  

Poor flow is not only a source of significant waste and delay, but can be devastating for patients and service users and deeply frustrating for people working in health and social care. 

The Health Foundation and AQuA have today published a new report, The challenge and potential of whole system flow. This report draws on over 20 examples from across the UK and internationally. It outlines an organising framework and tested methods that local health and social care leaders can use to improve whole system flow.

There are many flow-related initiatives across the UK. Our work has found that most focus on a small segment of the patient or service user journey, usually within hospitals. The time is right to look beyond the hospital and join up work in every team, service and organisation that patients and service users encounter. This report will help guide those on this journey.  

For more information please Click Here