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VON 2016 Medical Testimonials

Specialist Trainee Doctor (ST7):

As a neonatal sub-specialty trainee, this was a fantastic opportunity to develop skills in quality improvement and learn from international improvement teams.

I took the opportunity to attend a pre-conference workshop in ‘Jumpstarting Quality’ led by a team of enthusiastic experts in quality improvement science and methodology. I continued this education by attending breakout sessions throughout the conference led by the same team to consolidate learning in the graphical display of data over time using run charts and process control charts. I now feel confident to initiate and lead a quality improvement project and have the skills to communicate outputs to both colleagues and parents.

This fabulous experience has inspired me to further my training in Quality Improvement and apply for a Scottish Clinical Improvement Leader role. We all have two jobs to do; our clinical role and how we can do that better every day.

Facilitating a team from Edinburgh to attend this conference not only encourages effective working relationships and team building but also contributes to the promotion of a culture which supports and values the personal development of staff promoting both resilience and invaluable skills in quality improvement.

Consultant Neonatologist:

Many thanks for this opportunity to go to such a stimulating and interesting conference. This conference has re-stimulated and inspired my enthusiasm to continue and expand the local quality improvement projects that I am involved in on the unit.

We were presented with real world data and improvement stories from their collaborative work including progress on their clinical, family-centred care and value aims. The presentations highlighted how to turn data into actionable information to improve the quality, safety and value of care for infants and their families. Von presenters showed how they integrated robust quality improvement methods at their centres.

Clinical Reader in Neonatology:

This was my second visit to VON, supported by SSCB, and I was once again impressed by the range and quality of the lectures given by international scientists and experts in their fields. An early start on Saturday morning to attend the 06.30 workshop on Nightingale – the database to which SSCB supports the NNU to submit data - began with a sunrise breakfast. The meeting outlined new data features that are currently applicable only to those in the USA but might be rolled out to us all in the future.

It was gratifying to see afternoon sessions and a poster walk on infection and emerging drug resistance and to know that the work being done in the NNU mirrors that across the VON iNICQ. We have been a step ahead of the community in this regard.

The workshops and poster walks were, as ever, impressive and a real opportunity to speak with experts in the field.

Thank you, Simpson Special Care Babies; without your support we would not be able to participate in this major neonatal event. I’m convinced that the process of being at and contributing to this Congress has inspired work on the unit and resulted better outcomes for babies and their families.



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