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Research makes significant headway towards healthcare improvement

Since joining the Monash Warwick Alliance Professor Helen Skouteris has made significant headway in leading a collaborative program of research and education in healthcare improvement. Together with her counterpart Professor Ian Kirkpatrick who is the Joint Professor of Healthcare Improvement and Implementation Science (Organisational Studies) at the Warwick Business School, the professors are leading a team that is developing an accredited unit for the Monash Master of Health Services Management, entitled ‘Implementation and Innovation in Healthcare. The unit will also articulate into the University of Warwick, Master in Strategic Leadership and Innovation in Healthcare. This is a significant joint program of postgraduate education that is co-designed with industry partners and leverages specialist business knowledge about leading organisational change that will inform the healthcare sector on a global scale.

According to Professor Skouteris;

Warwick Business School has a strong track record in leading healthcare reform and translating new knowledge in complex health systems. This knowledge is not addressed in current health workforce development programs and ensures our program of education will be world-leading. Professor Kirkpatrick has expertise in organisational change, leadership, knowledge mobilisation and organisational efficiencies, and our collaboration through the alliance will accelerate the translation of this knowledge into patient-centred healthcare outcomes.”

In addition, the partnership is leading the development of a CPD credentialed Full Fee Open Online Course that will build the capacity of frontline clinicians to translate new knowledge into patient care and will be implemented with an international cohort of health professionals in 2019. This also builds on their recently awarded Alliance Catalyst Grant, ‘Developing a Trans-national Practitioner Network in Healthcare Improvement’. This project has investigated strategies for addressing the much touted 17 year gap between new evidence and health care. The question of how to integrate new research findings and education in healthcare is crucial for ensuring optimal patient care and the sustainability of health systems. The team has engaged with experts in both the UK and Australia to identify the structures, governance and infrastructure needed for the rapid translation of research that has impact and direct application to patient outcomes and clinical practice. This includes the development of an international community of practice in healthcare improvement to share the challenges and enabling factors for healthcare improvement.

The program of research and education led by Professor Skouteris and Professor Kirkpatrick under the Alliance is building enduring partnerships that will have significant impact on the communities we serve. The collaborative program of education includes accredited post graduate units, workforce development programs and community education that respond to industry needs and ensure participants are able to work in global settings.