It has been 10-years since I attended my first Forum in Prague in April 2006 and as I think back I can still feel the excitement of discovering a new community of kindred spirits from across the world that all hold a commitment and curiosity for how we can improve healthcare systems. What I learnt there honestly catalysed a whole new approach in my work in quality improvement in healthcare in South Africa and over the years provided more and more practical ideas, support and real-world application and learning.
Along the way I have been an enthusiastic admirer of the quality improvement work done in Sweden and can’t imagine how special being together in Gottanberg for the 2016 Forum will be. There has always been a distinctive humility in the Swedish delegates and leaders that made learning from them so easy, and I have no doubt that will permeate the event this year.
There is a lot to learn at this year’s forum about patients as partners – something I would like to follow closely and can’t wait to see how the pharmacy and nursing streams illuminate new approaches.
There were only 2 of us from South Africa in Prague in 2006 – this year there will be at least 15 SA delegates (3 of them from Netcare) attending together. Many of them will share abstracts of our work in QI and all of them will be soaking up ideas to apply and adapt for our health system improvement. Most people who share their work would never have anticipated that by submitting an abstract one could influence another health system so far away but we really do.
What I love most about the delegates at the Forum is there is a unique alignment of purpose, an exceptional drive for deep learning and an ever-present curiosity about what we need to do next.
Having learnt to tweet at the 2013 Forum in London (thanks to the Crash course in social media by @ck4q from Canada), I feel so blessed to be able to tweet on @inspired2leadSI and will be following on line as well as checking out some of my favourite bloggers and tweeters through social media.
My 2016 experiment will be how to be #togetheringottanberg from where I am.
So see you there.
Huge thanks to the organising teams, the delegates and speakers and the people of Sweden who are hosting this amazing event!
Dr Dena van den Bergh
Director: Quality Leadership
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