Don Berwick visits the Midlands

Professor Don Berwick, the renowned international authority on healthcare quality and improvement management, was in the UK last month (June 2017) to visit vanguards in the Midlands as part of his on-going support to the new care models programme.

Professor Berwick started his visit in Derbyshire at Wellbeing Erewash (@WellErewash) where he heard about the many initiatives and roles that are making a difference to the local population, including their Time Swap scheme. They also premiered a new video during the visit which stars students and staff from Wilsthorpe Community School in Long Eaton and conveys the huge impact that the initiative is making in boosting the confidence and positivity of their young people.

From there Professor Berwick moved on to Nottinghamshire where he heard about the work going on in Principia Partners in Health (@PrincipiaMCP) and Better Together Mid Nottinghamshire (@bettermidnotts) vanguards. The following day East Midlands Radiology Consortium (@emradNHS) showcased the real impact and saving they are making as part of their group. The vanguard visits concluded with a meeting with the metal health vanguard, MERIT (@MERITvanguardWM).

Later in the week Professor Berwick joined leaders from across vanguards and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) at a Parliamentary reception, hosted by NHS Confederation and sponsored by Baroness Cumberlege. The guests heard from Professor Berwick and leaders from the Better Local Care (Hampshire) vanguard as well as other leaders and discussed the challenges and opportunities to spread new care models. You can also read the Twitter highlights from the week’s visits and event.

At the end of the week the King’s Fund hosted a webinar with Professor Berwick and Professor Sir Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Care Quality Commission. They discussed the progress being made across the country in developing new care models, both in vanguards and other areas, and what is needed to successfully implement these across the country. The webinar is still available to watch.

Louise Watson, New Care Models Director and Stephanie Cartwright, Director of Organisational Development and Human Resources at Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group, recently interviewed Professor Don Berwick, health advisor to President Obama, during his recent visit to the UK.