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The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Foundation Year Quality Improvement Symposium is organised by Oxford Simulation, Teaching and Research (OxSTaR), which is based in our Department.

The fourth symposium was held on 7 July 2017 in Tingewick Hall at the John Radcliffe Hospital. There was a fantastic display of posters capturing projects that have been carried out within the Trust and Primary Care. Alongside these, the Trust Clinical Effectiveness Committee together with projects in Nursing/Midwifery displayed an impressive number of posters.

The 55 posters were divided into national quality priorities, local quality priorities/strategic objectives, and Primary Care. They covered important themes of medication safety, improving systems for sharing learning, and improving systems for ensuring knowledge of and compliance with essential policies. Our Foundation Doctors had clearly worked very hard over the past year to produce meaningful projects with outcomes focused on improving patient safety.

Professor Charles Vincent gave an inspiring, interesting and thought-provoking address. Professor Vincent is a Health Foundation professorial fellow in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford where he continues his work on safety in healthcare.

Judging was based on quality of design, multidisciplinary team involvement, outcome measures and plans for sustaining the project. The ten best posters went through to oral presentation. The prizes were presented by Dr Anne Edwards (Foundation School Director) and this year’s winners were:

  • 1st Place -   Improving Patient Flow: A Focus on Paediatric Critical Care – Dr Rachel McVea
  • 2nd Place – Improving the Quality of Information Recorded on Operation Notes in the Department of Head & Neck Oncology – Dr Charlotte Goss & Dr Ferenc Loss
  • 3rd Place – Implementation of the Clinical Worklist to Improve Detection of Suspected Sepsis – Dr Anum Butt

Best Poster winners:

  • Warfarin and poor INR control – are we considering switching to NOACs? – Dr Rachel Morris
  • Appropriate Use of Blood Tests in Cardiology – Dr Jennifer Gardiner & Dr Helena Wace


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