Join this Working Party in Wonca (World Organisation of Family Doctors” to address PHC Quality and Patient Safety Issues. It is vitally important for Africans to explore the issue from there perspective. Find out more and join them. See video about the Working Party

You can also see a lecture by the Chair of Working Party, Maria-Pilar Astier-Peña

The Working Party has shown great interest in Africans joining. We encouraged them to join us in Uganda 6-8 June 2019. We hope African members e.g. Martha Makwero (Malawi), Joy Mugambi (Kenya) and Foluke Olaniyi-George (Nigeria) will run a workshop.  You can join the Working Party by just emailing the Chair/Convenor. See here.

They are on Twitter @WONCA_QSafety

They invite you to find out more about the work done in Scotland & New Zealand to test and spread QI approaches to reduce harm from medication in Primary Care Join @neilhouston7 for his @ISQua live webinar “Medication Safety in Primary Care” on 16/01 @ 12:00 GMT #QI

This webinar will provide insight into medication safety within primary care. It will cover the areas in which medication-related harm can occur within primary care. It will also highlight important improvement work that has taken place to make medicines safer in primary care, and a system-wide approach to medication reconciliation. It will conclude by discussing good medicines management in GP Practices and Community Pharmacies to minimise harm.

About the presenter Dr Neil Houston was a GP Principal in Dollar, Scotland. He was a Scottish Patient Safety Programme Fellow and the National GP Clinical Lead for the Scottish Patient Safety Programme in Primary Care with Healthcare Improvement Scotland which spread to over 1000 GP practices. He has recently developed and implemented a patient safety programme in Auckland New Zealand for GPs and Community Pharmacy with a specific focus on Safer Medicines.

Intended audience: Pharmacists, Pharmacy Technicians, Pharmacy Managers, Administrators whose health system includes an outpatient pharmacy, GPs, Practice Managers and other prescribers in Primary Care.

Learning objectives

  1. Understand where medication-related harm occurs in primary care
  2. Learn about improvement work that has taken place to make medicines safer in Primary care
  3. Learn about a system-wide approach to medication reconciliation
  4. Hear about good medicines management in GP Practices and Community Pharmacies to minimise harm

The webinars are usually recorded and you can find it out with other ones in the ISQUA internet site:

They have shared Prof. Richard Roberts’ talk in TEDx University Of Luxembourg (October 2018) on “Healing by numbers“. He  discusses that strategies used in manufacturing are now being applied to healthcare: assembly line production, protocol-driven care, big data. These strategies promise improved population health at lower cost. Yet, linear production models can do great harm in healthcare. This is especially true in primary care where most care is obtained and where custom solutions must be developed for each patient. Also here.

They have strong links to WHO and shared “PULSE” of WHO Global Learning Laboratory for Quality UHC (Universal Health Coverage). It provides a summary of what the group achieved in 2018. It provides as well access to some recorded interesting webinars. You can join to get the newsletter here. See “It is not our fault”: the plight of HIV positive adolescents in Cameroon – What difference can compassionate care make to HIV care for adolescents in LMICs?

EQUIP is the European Working Party on Quality Patient Safety. See EQUIP Newsletter. This is just to kindly remind you that the abstract submission deadline for the EQuiP European Conference 29-30 March 2019 in Thessaloniki, Greece is 31 JanuaryEQUIP Conference 2019 Brochure.