The QQuIP (Quest for Quality and Improved Performance) team in the Department of Management has been collaborating with Primary Care Trusts (PCT) in England to help set priorities for spending. QQuIP members are Gwyn Bevan, Mara Airoldi, Alec Morton, Nikos Argyris and Jenifer Smith.
The team's collaboration with the Isle of Wight PCT received the Excellence in Commissioning Regional Award by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement on 21 May at a special ceremony held at Blenheim Palace.
In their collaboration with the Isle of Wight PCT, the LSE team used decision conferencing - a technique invented in the 1970s and since developed by professor Larry Philips at LSE. This involves a series or working meetings with managers, clinicians, general practitioners, patients and public representatives, council representatives and the voluntary sector. The team used an innovative approach to combine clinical evidence and epidemiological evidence with health economics and decision analysis principles.
The award recognises the value this approach has in enabling PCTs to lead the NHS, to meaningfully engage local partners, collaborate with clinicians, involve patients and the public and to make sound financial investments to improve health and reduce health inequality.
In the picture, from right to left:
Jim Easton, Chief Executive, South Central Strategic Health Authority
Helen Shields, Director of Commissioning, NHS Isle of Wight
Dr Jenifer Smith, Director of Public Health / IOW Chief Medical Advisor, NHS Isle of Wight
Mara Airoldi, London School of Economics, Research Officer Department of Management
Robin Seiger, Guest Speaker - (www.siegerinternational.com)