Event blog: IS4Ac Graduation


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Haelo and Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC) will today be celebrating the success of teams from the third cohort of the Improvement Science for Academics (IS4Ac) programme.

Over the past 12 months, teams have been developing improvement science knowledge and skills whilst delivering strategically important improvement projects throughout the MAHSC domains.




10am: Professor Ian Greer, Director of MAHSC opens the event and welcomes delegates to the final summit.

IS4 AC Graduation


10:15am Next up, Improvement Science Fellow Carl Macrae from the Health Foundation discusses “Moving improvement into practice and policy”.

Carl’s professional career spans research, policy, regulation and practice in a variety of safety-critical and high-risk industries. Formerly a special advisor and a business architect at the NHS National Patient Safety Agency, he led the design of new approaches to analysing and learning from patient safety incidents.



11am: The first team to take the floor are: Team FINEST, Salford CCG: Improving GP processes on Mondays.  The team share their aim an driver diagram to the room.

Team Finest - Salford CCG share their Aim an driver diagram

“The team have done fantastic job of addressing a real issue for primary care…” The team are presented with their award from Professor Maxine Power, Chief Executive of Haelo.


The second team to present are Cancer Genetics Team, CMFT: Improve efficiency in screen of patients.

Team Pres 2


The team are receiving their well deserved graduation certificates following their presentation from Prof Maxine Power: “improvement takes resilience”



Congratulations to the first two teams who presented this morning – FINEST team, Salford CCG and the Cancer Genetics team at Central Manchester Foundation Trust – on receiving their graduation certificates.


11:45am  D Leonard Ebah, Consultant Nephrologist now addressing delegates as an alumni from IS4Ac cohort 2. Dr Ebah shares key learning and what to expect next for graduates.

Dr Ebah talks about making improvement science everyone’s problem:

“You have to become a salesman. You have to sell it to the people with power” Dr Ebah


Dr Ebah2

“It intially feels like being part of is4ac is being part of a cult” Dr Ebah
Maxine reflects on Dr Ebah’s focus about getting people involved: “If you are a lone voice it’s really hard to create critical mass momentum to start revolution. It feels like to me you’re trying to start a revolution”
We have now broken for lunch. We will return for more team presentations after the break.


We’re back and hearing from Maxine Power, Haelo’s Chief Executive running through the next steps for IS4Ac. Slide below:


Daring Greatly HH

Maxine is reminding delegates about Haelo’s hotly anticipated event of the year – Haelo Hosts. 75% of all tickets have already been snapped up – reserve your place now. Tickets will sell out!



(Part two)

12:45pm Concord team, UHSM / Christie are now presenting: Development of a cardio-oncology service for Greater Manchester.

Concord presentation

The team reports overall experience of patients has been good according to patient survey and the importance of smiling at every patient! Feedback from the audience:

“as a Christie employee I just want to say what a difference this service has made”.

Keith Pearce presenting for Concord said: “the biggest voice is the patients’ voice”

Aim Concord

Second team to present after lunch are QUIDD-ICH, Salford Royal Foundation Trust: Intracerebral hemorrhage quality improvement project.

Aim Quiddich

“We feel like we’ve only just got started, there’s a lot more we want to do” Adrian Parry Jones
Quid presentation
The team have been successful in a bid for funding from Connected health cities.
13:30pm Go Renal, The Christie, are now presenting their work: Screening tools in elderly patients
Maxine has congratulated the team saying: “What I’ve seen today is a team where you’re leading and everyone’s following.”
Go Rebal present
Following a short break, the Sepsis 6 team, from The Christie present: Management of patients with sepsis, run within the sign up to safety programme.
Sepsis 6
Sepsis 6 have shown a training video that they first created during the is4 programme, which receives a round of applause from the room.
The team returned to work following the film workshop at IS4 Ac workshop 3 and were surprised to find the whole team liked it! Maxine has invited the team to submit it to the Haelo Film Festival “It’s a break through educational tool” training vi
“Every year 44,000 people die from sepsis, equivalent to one death every 3 1/2 minutes”
The team explain the importance of small scale testing and not being afraid to get it wrong “our brains are changed now, we think about things very differently.”
The next team presentation comes from MASH, UHSM, Percutaneous Transcatheter mitral valve repair using Mitraclip.
This MitraClip programme is part of a nationwide programme Commissioning through evaluation.
MASH pres
“Hopefully over time we can change the culture. I’d like to thank Maxine and the faculty for their support.”
Next up, ERAS +, CMFT: Enhanced recovery after cancer surgery.
 The team were QiC Oncology finalists and were awarded the patient safety project prize at cmft.
ps certFeedback from the audience: “I speak to patients who have been to surgery school, no one has a bad word to say about it. One patient even said ” I can’t wait to have my operation now!”
The team introduce ‘Surgery School’  – “It gives patients the power back. They can influence their own outcome”


Maxine said: “When you hear about Surgery School, you have to ask why is this not happening everywhere? You need to go global!”
Penultimate presentation of the day from HARP, CMFT with the aim: to reduce avoidable hospital admissions in haemodialysis by 20%harp

Previous process map wasn’t effective (right) – The team responded by working together to produce a more useful map (left).


 “Improvement is 20% technical and 80 % resilience” Maxine Power

Last team up to complete the graduation event today are QTC Busters from MMHSCT: Physical Health Improvement.


“Our driver diagram was constantly evolving throughout the project”

“Improvements in antipsychotic monitoring can be improved but it requires a multi-targeted approach and a dedicated team of HCPs
“I’ve become that annoying person who constantly says ‘but how do we know that change is an improvement?”

The team ran various PDSA cycles, presenting examples to the room.


pdsaTo see the full graduate gallery, see our latest update.





And finally, to wrap up a packed day of improvement presentations and teams graduating from the IS4 Ac programme, Sir David Dalton gives his closing remarks to the room. It goes without saying that the teams have worked incredibly hard, overcome challenges and received much deserved appreciation.


“Please stay connected, please remain part of this programmer and remain part of the alumni movement” David Dalton
David Dalton

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  1. Just so inspired by the teams graduating from cohort 3 of the IS4 Ac programme. A breakthrough group of inspirational individuals making a difference to health and care in Manchester.