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About joyfurnival

Interested in TQM, lean, Quality Improvement, Healthcare, Regulation, Accreditation, Inspection Improvement Science, QI, improvement capability.

‘Which improvement approach is best?’

Without doubt, this is the question I have been asked most during the last 4 months since returning to paid up employment: ‘Which improvement approach do I think, is the best?’ I find it sometimes a tricky question to answer, … Continue reading

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Finally Phinished

I finally graduate on Monday… two days time.  I have designed, researched, written, rewritten, printed, submitted, defended, corrected and completed my PhD thesis.  Some 340 odd pages and 120k of words (I count the appendices!)  Probably more like 500k words … Continue reading

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What do you mean by improvement capability?

As part of my PhD, I have been investigating how improvement capability is conceptualised in the research literature and by regulatory agencies in healthcare. As a improvement leader, I realise now, that I used to use this term rather imprecisely, … Continue reading

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Q Community

I have some exciting news I would like to share with you. You may have heard of Q* – it is an initiative being led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS Improvement. Through Q, people with … Continue reading

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The day after the night before

Concentrating on my thesis seems rather difficult today, it bit like it does when you have a really bad hangover and you start to remember all the really embarrassing things you did the day before, that you wish you didn’t. … Continue reading

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Regulation and Improvement – Polar Opposites?

Picture from By Ernie Smith / Jul 14, 2015 (iStock/Thinkstock) Three years ago, when I started my PhD about regulation and improvement in healthcare, if someone had told me that by the end of it I would end up defending … Continue reading

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Healthcare Engineering

I have been fortunate to be asked to write a blog for the IMechE about healthcare engineering to support their campaign in this area.  This builds on some of my previous writings in this blog. If you want to read … Continue reading

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