NHS partnership with Virginia Mason Institute


We’re part of a five-year partnership with Virginia Mason Institute and five NHS trusts to support them to develop a ‘lean’ culture of continuous improvement which puts patients first.

About our partnership

Over the course of the five years, leaders and clinicians from across the five trusts will receive a wide range of tools and hands on support, including coaching and mentoring as well as education and certification in lean techniques. Over time the trusts will be able to train their own staff to help create a sustainable culture of continuous improvement.

Find out more about how the partnership will support improvements in patient care.

At the core of our partnership is a commitment for the trusts to share learning and experience with each other as well as the wider NHS, to help drive improvements further and faster.

Follow the journey so far

Keep up to date with the partnership's progress in their regular newsletter.

We'll share the trusts' experiences, learnings and reflections from staff who are involved in delivering the work.

In this short film, staff at the five trusts reflect on their experiences and in particular the cultural changes taking place.

Partner trusts

Hear what members of staff from The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust had to say about their experiences of the improvement work with Virginia Mason Institute.

The Virginia Mason Institute is known for helping healthcare organisations around the world to create and sustain a ‘lean’ culture of continuous improvement.

Upcoming events

The partnership organisations are hosting a range of open days to enable colleagues across the NHS to have an opportunity to share in the learning. These will be of interest to anyone working in quality improvement within an NHS provider.

Trust Activity Date
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust Kaizen open day Wednesday 4 March 2020, 10.00am-3.30pm

Contact: sash.kpo.team@nhs.net

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