Professor Jason Leitch, the national clinical director for the Scottish Government, will be giving the Marsden lecture at the Royal Free Hospital in November. 

He will be talking about Scotland’s approach to quality improvement – improving the quality of the care delivered to patients through systematic application of a method of improvement - at the lecture on 17 November. Patients and members of the public are welcome to attend the talk.

The Royal Free London holds the Marsden lecture annually – it is named in honour of Dr William Marsden, who founded the Royal Free in 1828.

Improving the quality of healthcare has been at the heart of NHS Scotland’s Quality Strategy since it was published in 2010 and Scotland is unique in its ambitious attempts to implement quality improvement across a whole national healthcare system. 

Professor Leitch will describe how the Scottish patient safety programme has expanded from the acute hospital setting to include paediatric and neonatal care, maternity, mental health services and primary care. He will also explain how the early years collaborative is working with community health partnerships to improve outcomes for Scotland’s children, and how the raising attainment for all programme is improving educational outcomes.

The trust’s own quality improvement strategy centres on embedding improvements in to all staff members’ routines in order to deliver benefits for patients such as safer care and a better patient experience.

The Marsden lecture will take place in the Sir William Wells Atrium at 5pm on Thursday 17 November.


Image: Professor Jason Leitch

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