12.00PM - 1.00PM
Speaker: Dr Helen Bevan, Head of Delivery, NHS Improving Quality
Venue: Lecture Theatre A3, Cottrell Building, University of Stirling
Dr Helen Bevan has been a leader of large scale change in the English National Health Service (NHS) for more than 20 years. She led the groundbreaking “Business Process Reengineering” transformation programme at The Leicester Royal Infirmary in the 1990s. As a result, she was asked to become a national leader of initiatives to improve patient access to NHS care for which she was awarded an OBE on 2000. Helen has been at the forefront of NHS improvement initiatives that have made a difference for thousands of patients ever since. She introduced the first nationwide collaborative programmes to improve the delivery of cancer care across England in 2000. She designed the highly influential “Ten High Impact Changes for Service Improvement and Delivery” in 2004 and conceived the impactful “Productive Series”, starting with “The Productive Ward” in 2007. In 2010, Helen’s team launched a call to action, utilising social movement leadership principles, which contributed to a 51% reduction in prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to people with dementia across the country. Helen initiated NHS Change Day, in partnership with a group of young clinical and managerial leaders. NHS Change Day, 13th March 2013, was the largest ever voluntary collective action for improvement in the history of the NHS with 189,000 people pledging to take action to improve experience and outcomes for patients. In 2014, NHS Change Day will aim to get half a million people taking action in England and will go global.
Helen Bevan is acknowledged globally for her expertise in large scale change and ability to translate it into practical action and deliver outcomes. She provides advice, guidance and training on transformational change to leaders of publically funded healthcare systems across the world. She has one of the highest social media influence ratings of any jobbing NHS leader and is in active communication with thousands of frontline clinical staff and leaders through Twitter and other social media platforms. She is a source of energy and inspiration for change and helps to “think the unthinkable”. In 2008, the 60th anniversary of the National Health Service, Helen was recognised as one of the 60 most influential people in the history of the NHS.
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