Physicians, nurse practitioners and leaders from across Island Health gathered in Victoria in September to celebrate Physician Quality Improvement (PQI).
The third cohort of physicians and nurse practitioners completed the year-long quality improvement training program and presented their projects. This year’s projects cover a variety of topics – from improving care for elderly hospital patients to strengthening perinatal substance use care and everything in between.
Island Health Board Chair Leah Hollins spoke at the event and noted how PQI provides the opportunity to medical staff to strive to improve care and create lasting change in the health system. Dr. Gordon Hoag, who was instrumental in establishing PQI across the province, spoke about the benefits of physician/NP-led quality improvement. Dr. Hoag also highlighted that this Island Health cohort is the 13th BC-cohort to complete the training and we’re reaching a tipping point where quality is embedded in our culture.
Physician Quality Improvement is the result of collaboration between Doctors of BC, the Ministry of Health and Island Health. Physicians and Nurse Practitioners with quality improvement ideas apply to the program and accepted applications receive one-year of support. This includes quality improvement curriculum delivered in a cohort workshop environment and support from a dedicated team to help their quality improvement project.
The event also marked the start of cohort 4 by welcoming the new physicians and nurse practitioners into the program.
For more information on PQI at Island Health, please click here.