From firefighting to a systems approach for health and care improvement – Milestone Lecture 2018

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Through stories of firefighting, beer, inhalation devices and micromorts, Professor John Clarkson explores the engineer’s world of systems design and risk in healthcare.

Many people working to improve health and care are aware of and use systems techniques, leading to improved pathways, processes and patient experience in many areas. Healthcare leaders know intuitively that there is a need to involve stakeholders in decisions, think across pathways and deliver integrated care, but lessons can be learned from the analysis and rigour applied in complex engineering systems.

Over the past two decades, there have been numerous references to the value of a systems approach in calls to transform health and care, without there being a common understanding of what this might mean.

Watch John’s fascinating lecture here: