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We were delighted to welcome renowned health and care guru Professor Don Berwick to the hospital this month.

Professor Berwick has been touring the country visiting vanguards to find out more about what they have achieved so that the learning can be shared.

He was appointed an international visiting fellow at the King’s Fund in October 2015 and contributes to the fund’s broader work to improve health and care in the NHS.

He also works widely with governmental and non-governmental organisations, in addition to The King’s Fund, throughout England as appropriate as part of his efforts in support of improvement of care, outcomes, and costs within the NHS in England.

Professor Don Berwick

A paediatrician by background, Professor Berwick was, for 19 years, the founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. In 2010 he was appointed by President Barack Obama as the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (the federal agency overseeing Medicare and Medicaid), a position that he held until December 2011. He has served on the faculties of the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health. In 2013 he carried out a review of patient safety in the NHS on behalf of Prime Minister David Cameron. Recognised as a leading authority on health care quality and improvement, he has authored or co-authored more than 160 scientific articles and six books.

As part of his visit to Dorset, Professor Berwick gave a group of clinicians and managers gathered from across Dorset at Poole Hospital a valuable insight into how best to move forward with improvements to services.

We were also fortunate that Professor Berwick was accompanied by King’s Fund Chief Executive, Professor Chris Ham, who chaired a very interesting discussion between local NHS leaders about how Dorset’s Accountable Care System will evolve.

Our visitors were taken on a tour of the paediatric unit and heard a presentation from our stroke leads before they headed off to Hampshire.

Professor Berwick’s talk is available online here

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