International Health Commentator hears from the Working Together Partnership

Renowned international health commentator, Professor Don Berwick is in the UK this week visiting and hearing from vanguards, including the Working Together Partnership Vanguard.

The eminent international healthcare opinion former was appointed by The King’s Fund and NHS England in October 2015 to help support vanguards and was keen to hear how the Trusts in the South Yorkshire, Mid Yorkshire and North Derbyshire area are successfully working together.
Working Together Programme Director Janette Watkins today presented to Professor Berwick the progress of the Vanguard and the challenges around developing clinical networks , new governance systems for the partnership as well as developments between Trusts in informatics, procurement, shared service and best practice initiatives. Professor Berwick will be using coaching techniques to support the shared learning with colleagues across vanguards and what action is necessary to overcome the challenges .

Janette Watkins said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable insight from such a renowned, international leader in healthcare.”

A paediatrician by background, Don was for 19 years the founding CEO of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. In 2010, he was appointed as the Administrator of the Centres for Medicare and Medicaid Services (the federal agency overseeing Medicare and Medicaid in the United States of America), a position that he held until December 2011. He has served on the faculties of the Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Public Health.
In 2013 he carried out a review of patient safety in the NHS for former Prime Minister David Cameron. Recognised as a leading authority on health care quality and improvement, Don has authored or co-authored more than 160 scientific articles and six books.