Lean is recognised as an effective way of improving quality, making delivery more efficient and reducing cost. Lean is the culture of relentless elimination of waste to ensure all services provided are safe, high quality, available at the required time and delivered in a cost effective manner. It is about developing and empowering staff to problem solve in order to continuously pursue perfection.
The principles of Lean originate from a manufacturing background. This course translates these effective quality improvement strategies into the healthcare environment through theory, practical activities and examples from acute, community and primary care settings.
This programme looks at the introduction and application of Lean methodologies in healthcare across all staff groups by providing basic Lean training for individuals who wish to increase their knowledge and understanding of Lean principles, and how these relate to their workplace.
Who is this event aimed at?
This programme is designed for staff in any post/department within member organisations wanting to gain an introduction to the fundamental concepts of Lean methodologies or those who already have a basic knowledge of Lean improvement tools and wish to refresh their knowledge.
What will attendees learn at this event / workshop?
On completion of the programme attendees should have a greater understanding and knowledge of how:
- Lean theory, methodology, tools and techniques can deliver improvements in all aspects of health care today.
- Using Lean as the basis of service redesign can improve the quality of patient care and reduce variability in service provision, whilst generating required cost savings.
The course consists of three single day modules over a period of approximately six to eight weeks. At each module participants will gain knowledge and the opportunity to practice particular Lean tools through a mixture of presentations and interactive activities.
Action periods between modules support learning. Participants are encouraged to reflect on how they might use the tools and, where possible, apply them in practice then study the results.
Upon completion of the taught elements, delegates are required to submit a one-page case study on how they have applied a Lean tool or technique in their working environment. Completion of the programme will be certificated by AQuA.
Module 1 – Basic Lean Awareness, Waste and 5S
Give staff an awareness of the background of Lean, and to introduce them to the principles of lean through practical application.
Module 2 - A3 Thinking, Problem Solving & Corrective Action
Give attendees an understanding of the A3 tool, and the various uses of this tool. Participants will also be introduced to a structured problem solving method, and be able to apply this in a practical exercise.
Module 3 – Value Stream Mapping & Reduced Changeover Times
Give attendees an understanding of the purpose of process mapping and allow them to try the tool through practical application. Introduce delegates to the concept of quick changeover within their environment and how using the structure of SMED can help with process improvement.
The fine print:
This event is free to all AQuA member organisations. Attendance for non-members is charged at £420 per person. If you are unsure if you are a registered member, please click here.
Final event arrangements are confirmed with the venue up to two weeks before the event. In order to ensure that places are not wasted please let us know at your earliest convenience if you are no longer able to attend. Many of our events operate waiting lists so this will enable us to reallocate your place to someone else on the list.