North East is ‘driving force’, says NHS boss

Jim Mackey at the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in the North East and North Cumbria event.
Jim Mackey at the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in the North East and North Cumbria event.

More than 200 healthcare professionals gathered to learn about the highly successful patient safety and quality improvement programmes that are currently taking place in the North East and North Cumbria.

The Patient Safety and Quality Improvement in the North East and North Cumbria event, in Gateshead, attracted key national figures from the healthcare sector, including Jim Mackey, chief executive of NHS Improvement and former Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust chief executive.

The event highlighted a number of PSC-funded quality improvement projects taking place across the region seeking to improve treatment through capacity building for professionals; sharing best practice; and working collaboratively in specific healthcare priorities across the region.

Speaking at the event, Mr Mackey praised the work already taking place in the North East and North Cumbria. He described the region as ‘a driving force and perfect example of how removing organisational boundaries can deliver significant evidence-based improvements to patient safety and quality improvement’.

He added: “We are a small region and there is an evident need to punch above our weight, but at the same time to stay focussed on quality improvement and become a system concentrated on continuous learning and sharing of information and ideas.

“In terms of improvement there are a lot of challenges but we all need to play our part to showcase the things that are working well in the NHS.”