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Introducing the Sweeney Community

Bev Fitzsimons 20 July 2018

We’re introducing a new newsletter about our quality improvement work


Over the ten years since we started out at the Point of Care Foundation, we have been lucky to work with an extensive group of people and organisations interested in humanising healthcare – whether through participation in Schwartz rounds, or involvement in our quality improvement or patient experience work.

Like most organisations we have recently been obliged under the new General Data Protection Regulations to get in touch with many of our existing contacts to share our updated privacy policy and ask for consent to continue contacting them. This got us thinking. While, for several years, we have supported a community of Schwartz facilitators and clinical leads (what we call the Schwartz Community), and we have been proud to lead the Heads of Patient Experience (HOPE) Network, we think the time is right to launch a third network, focusing on our quality improvement work.

We’re calling it the Sweeney Community – in line with our Sweeney programme of work in quality improvement, and named after our late colleague and friend Kieran Sweeney. The community’s ‘founder members’ will be existing contacts with whom we have engaged in either Experience Based Co-design (EBCD) or Patient and Family Centred Care (PFCC) projects – but we hope it will expand with time to include a wider network of people interested in patient-centred quality improvement. We’ll be sharing lessons from what we’re learning through our work, and hope to provide a platform for participants to publicise their work.

If you know people that you think would be interested in joining the community, then please send them a link to this form, which will enable them to sign up (and, importantly, provide the necessary consents for us to contact them under the new data protection regime). Signatories will join our newsletter distribution list and receive regular bulletins on Sweeney programme quality improvement work, toolkits, training and resources, and the lessons we are drawing from our work. They can also choose to find out more about our other work. The service is free and open to all.