Prof. Mike GROCOTT
Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Mike Grocott is the Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Southampton, director designate of the Southampton NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (2020-2025) and an NIHR Senior Investigator. He is the UK NIHR Clinical Research Network national specialty lead for Anaesthesia Perioperative Medicine and Pain (2015-21) and an adjunct professor of Anesthesiology at Duke University School of Medicine in North Carolina (USA) and honorary professor at University College London.
Mike is vice-chair of the board of the UK national multidisciplinary Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) and was previously elected vice-president of the Royal College of Anaesthetists (2019-20). He chairs the board of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia (2018-22) and was founding director of the NIAA Health Services Research Centre (2011-2016). He is a director of EBPOM, joint editor-in-chief of Perioperative Medicine and has authored/co-authored >300 scientific manuscripts and been awarded >£25 million in research funding.
Quality improvement (QI) is the systematic application of change methods to the improving patient care. High-quality patient care can be defined according to a number of dimensions: safe, effective, person-centred, timely, efficient and equitable. So why is such a self-evidently good approach not completely embedded within medical practice in general, and perioperative care in particular?
Whilst there are outstanding examples of excellence in quality improvement within perioperative care, and many individual and centres providing leadership, it is hard to sustain the notion that QI is embedded within everything we do. This presentation will endeavour to deconstruct some of the elements of QI and ask how, in a perfect world, QI might be achieved more effectively.
Using standard definitions of the different components of QI, I will explore how leadership, partnership and the application of technology might together enable an environment where QI can become integral to how we deliver healthcare day-by-day, rather than an occasional and exceptional activity.