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Who should attend
This program is designed for individuals in healthcare organizations who have an interest in improving quality and patient safety. It is not necessary for participants to hold (or aspire to hold) formal leadership positions within the health system. It is an ideal program for organizational dyads (i.e. physician and administrator) to participate in together.
To date, participants have included representatives from the Ottawa Hospital, CHEO, The Royal, the Champlain Regional Cancer Program, Hawkesbury & District General Hospital, Queensway Carleton Hospital, and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre, to name a few.
About the course
The Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Leadership Program creates and supports health-care champions in the field of Quality Improvement and Patient Safety who can help to lead and facilitate change and improvements within their practice, their department, their hospitals, and across the entire health system. The program will be offered for the eleventh time starting in October 2021.
As part of the program, participants are expected to undertake a project within their institutions to improve quality or patient safety. These projects may be existing initiatives or new initiatives that will be conducted during the program. See a list of Quality Improvement Projects that have been completed by past program participants in an attachment to this Prospectus. To facilitate these projects, participants will be taught leadership and change management skills incorporating the TOH Innovation Framework – a unique five-step improvement method published in the International Journal for Quality in Health Care¹. They will also be educated about hospital and regional resources that will aid them to complete the project by the end of the program in June. Some of the time will be focused on the effective use of project-based learning groups so participants can learn through facilitated discussions with their peers.
What You Will Learn
Through the process of developing and implementing a Patient Safety and Quality project, participants will also develop the following broad competencies and knowledge areas:
- Healthcare: Understanding the importance of patient safety and quality projects to the Ontario health-care system
- Leadership: Understanding and working with different styles of leadership and using awareness of one's own style to exercise influence and decision-making
- Project Management: Understanding basic principles and elements of project planning, and execution in order to achieve meaningful results
- Change: Appreciating the dynamics of change and learning how to communicate and lead change effectively, especially when working with other stakeholders in the health-care system
- Performance Management: Learning essential tools for improving performance (business processes) and appropriate measures for results
- A basic understanding of concepts and methods underlying quality improvement efforts
- A network of colleagues and peers responsible for improving quality within the health-care system
- Development and implementation of a quality improvement initiative
Lynn Davies is an organizational effectiveness consultant with 40 years’ experience. She is a member of the faculty in the University of Ottawa’s Executive MBA and part of the Telfer Executive Programs Community of Practice, with whom she has been Academic Director for the Quality Improvement and...
Samantha Hamilton is a quality, safety and risk management professional with over 20 years of experience in a variety of health sectors. She has worked within the pharmaceutical, medical device, biologics, diagnostics, blood, long-term care and home care sectors and is currently working within th...
Alan J. Forster MD, FRCPC, MSc is a general internist; Vice President, Innovation and Quality at the Ottawa Hospital; Vice Chair Quality and Clinical Services, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. He is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and Senior S...
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