Published: Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

What will it take for Scotland to remain a world class health provider?


Scotland is recognised as a global leading healthcare system but will it be enough for the future? Derek Feeley, Executive Vice President of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, will be delivering the 2014 Beardmore Lecture looking at this question and how to continue our national success in healthcare excellence.

As part of the Golden Jubilee National Hospital’s commitment to leading quality, research and innovation on behalf of the NHS in Scotland, the lecture, starts at 6,15pm this evening (Monday 3 November).

Hosted by Dr Heather Reid, OBE, it will particularly focus on ‘Five Steps to Achieve High Quality Healthcare in Uncertain Times.’

Speaking ahead of the Lecture, Mr Feeley said: “From an international perspective, the NHS in Scotland is a fantastic example of a healthcare system. Even taking a look at the Golden Jubilee; since I was first here the place has absolutely transformed and is an amazing demonstration of the advantages to having a commitment to quality and excellence.”

“The key focus of my presentation is to consider whether or not the same kind of excellence we are delivering today, will be enough in the future. Taking into consideration economics, politics and the rate of change in our society, excellence today is no guarantee for tomorrow. This is a global issue, and I have observed five key areas of success from around the world which, if adopted reliably, should keep NHSScotland ahead of the pack.”

Mr Feeley identified that constancy of purpose, compassionate governance, staying true to your values, changing how you lead and the willingness to share power are the keys to ensuring excellence in the future of healthcare.

He added: “I have had the opportunity to observe healthcare settings all around the world. One of the crucial features which has become apparent, in terms of leadership, is that the era of heroism and bold statements has passed. Given the complexities of the modern world, it is less important to claim to have all the answers; instead we should strive for the humility to learn, to listen, to be comfortable with complexity and to be generous with our knowledge.

The event will begin at 6.15pm in the Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre Central Plaza, with the 45 minute lecture taking place at 6.45pm in the Auditorium, followed by a question and answer session.

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