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Safer Care Homes Collaborative Launch

The Safer Care Homes launch event took place on the 17th of November. Representatives from the care homes involved in the collaborative met at Salford Innovation Forum to gain an understanding of improvement science and review the collaborative driver diagram, which was created with the input of an expert panel.

The event began with the teams getting to know each other; introducing their representatives and speaking about their care homes. The teams spoke frankly about the best thing about their respective care homes and what one thing they could do to make it better.

Safer Care Homes Programme Manager Caroline Rogers, re-iterated Safer Salford’s wider ambition: to collaboratively produce and test a roadmap to enable Salford to become safest health and social care system in the UK by 2022. The Safer Care Homes collaborative’s work will feed into this work through the learning acquired from the collaborative’s tests of change.

Getting to the heart of the matter, in groups, the attendees discussed the topic ‘What is Resident Safety?’ When feeding back to the group those present found a sense of unity as many of the same themes arose.

Haelo’s Bridget Armour spoke to the group about what a Breakthrough Series Collaborative is, shared the experience of those involved in the PrISMS collaborative and introduced the Safer Care Homes driver diagram.

Bob Diepeveen, Lead Improvement Advisor at Haelo, presented to the group on importance of measurement and how to best measure the success of this collaborative. Haelo data analysts Alex Buckley and Laura Jackman involved those present in a fun and informative exercise to demonstrate why we measure and how easy this can be for the teams.

The teams began to identify which areas of the driver diagram they could work on in their care homes. Leaving the meeting, the teams had a sense of purpose and felt that they could work to the areas of the driver diagram. The teams who were present went away confident that they could commit to the collaborative’s aim and strategy ahead of learning session one.

Ahead of learning session one the care homes will be assembling teams, participating in a safety culture exercise and thinking of change ideas. The first learning session will be held on 31st January 2017.