Our quality improvement programs are based on the Collaborative methodology. These programs are designed to achieve significant and sustainable improvement in all types of organisations. Using a delivery method that can include in-person and virtual learning, participants work with each other and the Improvement Foundation to test and implement changes that lead to lasting improvement that delivers efficiencies and results.
About the Collaborative methodology
The Collaborative methodology is proven to be highly effective in achieving large scale systems change and demonstrating measurable outcomes. It provides a quality improvement model that can be applied to achieve incremental, rapid and locally relevant improvements across a broad range of clinical and practice business issues.
The Collaborative methodology uses a complex learning and change management process, which is based on a robust structure. The effective implementation of the Collaborative methodology requires a sound understanding of the theory and application, and attention to detail to protect the rigor of the process and ensure effective delivery.
A Collaborative is not a research project, a set of conferences or a passive exercise. A Collaborative is about actually doing and improving. A key component of the doing and improving within the Collaborative methodology is the Model for Improvement*. This highly successful quality improvement tool provides a framework for developing, testing and implementing changes. It helps to break down the change effort into small, manageable chunks which are then tested to ensure that things are improving and that no effort is wasted.
Key features of a Collaborative
- Promotes rapid change
- Uses knowledge about what already works, rather than creating new knowledge or evidence through research or a pilot
- Provides a framework of change principles and practical ideas, with examples to draw on for rapid and sustainable improvement
- Changes are tested in small manageable cycles
- Changes are measured so that improvement can be monitored and demonstrated
- There is dedicated, ‘hands on’ support for participants; and
- The Collaborative methodology promotes ‘protected time’ (time specifically set aside for quality improvement work) for participants to solve problems as a team.
The Collaborative methodology has been applied to a wide range of management challenges and industry sectors. The Improvement Foundation has adapted the Collaborative methodology and applied it as the framework for our many quality improvement programs which include:
- Access and Care Redesign
- Coronary Heart Disease
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Prevention and Management of Chronic Conditions
- Closing the Gap – focusing on the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Chronic Kidney Disease
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Chronic Disease Prevention & Self Management
- Integrated Care
- eCollaboratives – Digital Health
- Patient Blood Management
- Work Health and Safety
- Musculoskeletal (covering secondary prevention of osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, and acute lower back pain)
Each topic has an associated measurement set to enable timely and appropriate monitoring and feedback on improvement activity. Talk to one of our Consultants about implementing a quality improvement in your organisation.