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Cygnet Appletree is ‘QI Ready’!

After an incredibly successful Quality Improvement (QI) Mapping Event last month, on Thursday April 14th, Cygnet Appletree became ‘QI Ready’, the first site in the Northern region to be officially signed off! This is a huge achievement for the team and an important milestone for Cygnet’s QI journey.

‘QI Ready’ is a programme set up to support and empower our healthcare and social care teams to drive local quality improvements. Some of the key criteria for meeting QI Ready status include compliance with QI training courses, formulating a local QI project, getting involved in the regional QI forum and ensuring QI is part of local governance meeting discussions.

The ‘QI Ready’ presentation took place on the last day of a three-day QI workshop, facilitated by Frances Bergin (Clinical Manager), Rosie Whittle (Clinical Team Leader) and Elena Lammila-Escalera (QI Advisor, North). During this workshop, the multi-disciplinary project team finalised their ideas for their QI Project, which is centred around streamlining communication within the MDT. Prior to ‘QI Ready’ sign off, the project team delivered a short presentation to their colleagues, taking it in turns to speak about their QI experience and detailing the intricacies of their innovative change ideas.

Following this, Jo-Ann McAuliffe (Regional Nurse Director) and Elena Lammila-Escalera presented the QI Ready plaque and QI folder to the project team. Jo-Ann had the following to say, “It was an absolute pleasure to present Appletree with the QI ready plaque. Team Appletree have been on a journey with many challenges over the past two years of which they have maintained positive and enthusiastic throughout to make a difference and change lives and as a team they deserve to be the first hospital in the north region to be awarded QI ready.”

Congratulations to Martin Graham (Hospital Manager) and the team at Cygnet Appletree for leading the way on QI in the Northern region!

I am extremely proud of the Appletree team for leading the way in the North East on this Quality Improvement Ready programme. An immense amount of hard work has taken place over the last couple of months. For this communication QI project, we wanted to ensure that we understand communication processes within the MDT and we have created change ideas that ensure that service user focused meetings, internal/external communication processes are meaningful, accurate and have a clear purpose understood by all, with roles and responsibilities defined. Martin Graham, Hospital Manager

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