We in the Society for Participatory Medicine are in many stages of awakening to our potential as active participants in the health system. Some have a particular focus on a disease or a technology; many of us come to it through our own experience (good or bad) as a patient or carer; some of us, after years of consideration, have become interested in how to create lasting change in the health system, locally or worldwide.
In the category of being a change agent, I was thrilled to discover this compelling graphic in a 2015 UK report “The habits of an improver: Thinking about learning for improvement in health care.” From the executive summary:
The habits of an improver offers a way of viewing the field of improvement from the perspective of the men and women who deliver and co-produce care on the ground, the improvers on whom the NHS depends. It describes 15 habits which such individuals regularly deploy, grouped under five broad headings – learning, influencing, resilience, creativity and systems thinking. It goes on to suggest that there is a ‘signature pedagogy’ of improving quality, that is to say that there are certain teaching and learning methods which best develop capability in understanding and implementing improvement.
It’s a free download, a 36 page report on the Health.org.uk site.
We’ll be discussing this on our new SPM Connect discussion platform. You can join our society here to participate.