Dr Sofia Llahana spent a year with us as a CLAHRC HEE NCEL Fellow. Sofia is a Consultant nurse in Endocrinology at UCLH and her research focused on developing an eHealth intervention to help pituitary patients to mange their condition and care.
Dr Llahana RGN; BSc(Hons); MSc; DNSc obtained her BSc(Hons) Nursing from Athens University, and her MSc in Advanced Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Science from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland. She has worked as staff nurse and ward manager in Greece, as a clinical Nurse Specialist in Diabetes and Endocrinology and is currently a consultant nurse in endocrinology at University College Hospital. She has also worked as a Research Nurse and Senior Teaching Fellow at Warwick Medical School, where she still maintains an honorary contract. Sofia is Chair of the European Society for Endocrinology (ESE) Nurse Working Group.
NIHR CLAHRC North Thames welcomed over 40 leaders and board members from our partner organisations and beyond for a seminar focusing on the Role of Boards in Quality Improvement.
We welcomed Tim Melville-Ross CBE, Chair, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust who chaired the event , drawing on his long experience on boards in both the private and public sectors.
Our keynote speaker was Professor Naomi Chambers, Professor of Healthcare Management of Alliance Manchester Business School who drew on her extensive research on different Board models across sectors and geographies to set out the characteristics of effective board working for quality improvement in health care.
Professor Naomi Fulop, Professor of Health Care Organisation and Management at University College London and Principal Investigator of our iQUASER project hosted the event and presented some early findings of note from the project
Dr James Mountford, Director of Quality and Capability at UCLPartners facilitated table discussions at the event
Our thanks to our chair, speakers, facilitators and all those who took the time to attend.
Watch a short film about the event
This CLAHRC North Thames workshop held on 13th January 2015 at BMA House, brought together over 40 clinicians, commissioners, individuals from the voluntary sector and patient representatives to stimulate learning about delivering and evaluating quality improvement in primary care.
Professor Elizabeth Murray, UCL Professor of e-health and Primary Care, presented evidence from a review on achieving change in primary care.
Dr Jessica Sheringham shared initial findings emerging in the final stage in the CLAHRC’s evaluation of the ‘Year in the Life’ quality improvement programme, comprising educational initiatives underpinned by relationship building and data sharing that took place across 189 practices in outer North East London. Researchers from the ‘Year in the Life’ (YiL) evaluation shared initial findings.
Workshop participants then took part in round table discussions.
The event had two areas of focus
Firstly – delivering quality improvement in primary care. We summarise key themes, on two key questions illustrated by comments and examples from the field given by participants2:
How can interventions in primary care work best?
What is needed to improve care for COPD patients and others with long term conditions?
Secondly, we focus on evaluating quality improvement in primary care drawing on observations and suggestions from workshop participants and learning from the Year in the Life evaluation to cover.
How can we tell if we’ve made a difference? Lessons for evaluating interventions in the real world
What next for the YiL evaluation?
Read a full report of the day here