ISQUa Conference London

MOCHA was well represented at the recent International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) conference in London, held on the 2nd – 4th October. The theme of this year’s conference was Learning at the System Level to Improve Healthcare Quality and Safety, a focus that is of high relevance to the project.

Dr Kinga Zdunek presented her poster on Societal Alerts for Safe and High Quality Care for Children, which draws attention to the cultural influences on systems of primary care; and how this might affect policy decisions and, ultimately, the primary care services that support children’s good health.

Prof Michael Rigby presented a poster on Enabling Client-based Assessment of Quality of Integrated Care for both Adults and Children, which linked MOCHA and other projects’ findings.

Prof Michael Rigby chaired a session led by Dr Manna Alma on MOCHA’s work in talking to children and young people about their experiences of health services, and how they feel services could be better oriented to their needs. Entitled: Listening to Children’s Voices, the workshop was well received and the project gained good insight from some of the participants in the conference. Valuable contributions were also made by MOCHA DIPEx Partner national leads Dr. Lucie Kluzova Kracmarova (Czech Republic) and Dr Alexander Palant (Germany).

Prof Maria Brenner and Prof Mitch Blair held a workshop entitled Reconceptualising standards of care integration for children with complex care needs at the acute community interface. This draws upon the findings from MOCHA’s work into how children with complex care needs interact with primary care services, and how they can be facilitated to live with their families and in their communities. MOCHA’s investigations have led to some fascinating findings, which were explored and debated by the workshop participants.

There was a lot of interest, including Twitter traffic and conversations with a number of delegates.