09 Jul 2015
Dr Amlan Basu has been selected to be one of the first participants in a prestigious initiative to improve the quality of patient care in the NHS.
Broadmoor Hospital’s clinical director will join the ‘Q initiative’ alongside other leaders dedicated to improving the quality of care across the UK.
The new initiative, run by the charity The Health Foundation and NHS England, will connect experts in quality improvement from across the health service. It will help them share ideas, enhance their skills and implement changes in their own trusts to improve patient care.
Dr Basu will join 230 other front line clinicians, managers and researchers, as well as policy-makers and patient representatives. His first task as part of the initial group of experts will be to help design, refine and test the initiative, which will launch fully next year, for the benefit of the 5,000 other participants expected to be recruited by 2020.
Dr Basu has worked as a consultant forensic psychiatrist at Broadmoor since 2009, featuring in an ITV documentary about the high secure hospital broadcast last year. He provides clinical leadership there and fosters staff ownership of clinical governance, aiming to ensure that patients are treated to the highest standards. He is also responsible for maintaining a strong safety culture for patients, staff and the public.
Dr Basu, who has also worked at the Maudsley and at the Institute of Psychiatry, said: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to share my experience at WLMHT and my career as a forensic psychiatrist with my new colleagues. Equally importantly, I’m looking forward to being able to bring back great improvement ideas from across the healthcare system which we can embed throughout the trust.”
Dr Mike Durkin, Director of Patient Safety at NHS England, said: “Q will boost the skills of its participants, like Dr Basu. But it will also encourage a nurturing of talent and sharing of innovation that will be vital as we embed quality and safety improvement science across the NHS.”
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