Quality Improvement Leads 

The Network funds and supports a band 6 nurse from each of the units to spend one day per week (or equivalent) on quality improvement activities in support of the Network quality improvement work plan. These nurses are known as Quality Improvement Leads (QuILs) The QuILs form the membership of the group known as the Quality Improvement Forum and formal meetings take place on a quarterly basis. These meetings provide an opportunity for the QuILs to share their progress with their colleagues and the Network Clinical and Nursing Leads in order that good practice can be shared as well as identifying further support that may be required from the Network such as additional training or educational resources. The chair of this group is Claire Horsfield, the Network Quality Improvement Lead Nurse and feedback from this forum is provided to the CEG.




The Network has identified a number of key improvement areas for 2014-6. These have been agreed and are supported through our Clinical Effectiveness Group but are locally driven via the Quality Improvement Lead Nurses (QuILs) and/or individual staff/group members. 
If you would like to know more about any of these improvement areas, have ideas for improving service/care or would like to get involved, then please speak to your local QuIL or contact the Network via the ‘contact us’ page. 

We welcome your thoughts and partcipation!



Blackpool Victoria Hospital (General ITU) - Sarah McHenry

Blackpool Victoria Hospital (Cardiac ITU) - Carol Howley

Royal Blackburn Hospital - Yvonne Helm

Royal Preston Hospital & Chorley & South Ribble District General Hospital - Dawn Stephenson & Claire Wilcox

Royal Lancaster Infirmary - Claire Mead

Furness General Hospital - Stacey Needham

Some of our QILs sharing their good work at the 2016 BACCN Conference in Glasgow

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EVENT 2017

This annual multidisciplinary event continues to evaluate as a valuable day for healthcare staff to share and discuss the quality improvement initiatives occurring across our critical care services. We were particulary please to see increasing attendance from a wider range of MDT colleagues and announce Lancashire Teaching Hospital staff as the winners of this years Sarah Brookfield quality award. A plaque and cheque for £500 was presented to them for their efforts towards delivering safe and effective care, by improving medication administration through better drug labelling. 

Already through evaluation of the day we have suggestions for next years event so please come along to next year, it's FREE and I'm sure it will be even better.  

More details will be available on our Home Page nearer the time.

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Copies of forum minutes and reports are available from the Network on request.


Resources & Quality Improvement Reports

Quality Improvement Forum Terms of Reference 2014
Service Improvement Guide


AQUA Training

We are pleased to offer FREE places on our Introduction to Improvement Course delivered by the NW AQUA improvement training team.

This is a bespoke 3 day course being delivered for Lancashire and South Cumbria Critical Care network staff. If you're passionate about improving critical care services and have an idea you want to put into action then this course is for you.

Contact Dorothy.Bailey@lthtr.nhs.uk for more details.

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