2016 Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Over 3,700 doctors, nurses and allied health professionals from around the region attended our three-day conference on patient safety and quality improvement in healthcare, held at the Qatar National Convention Centre in May 2016.

Organized in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), the Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare (ME Forum) featured four keynote addresses from world-renowned experts, and included over 55 interactive workshops and lectures. An exhibition area featured stands from the Hamad Healthcare Quality Institute, Ambulance Service, Academic Health System and a Social Media Hub. The Ministry of Public Health also participated with information submitted by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) and the Accreditation and Licensing division. HMC’s strategic partners, including teams from Primary Health Care Corporation, Qatar University, Sidra Medical and Research Center, Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar, and the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), added to the rich diversity of information available for delegates.

First Neuroscience Conference

Over 500 delegates attended Hamad’s first Neuroscience Conference in February 2016. Local and international experts in the neuroscience subspecialties of neuroradiology, neurosurgery and neurology presented lectures on stroke, epilepsy and brain tumors. The presentations highlighted advances in imaging methods, new treatments and techniques, and quality improvements in patient care and service enhancements to achieve better patient outcomes. The three-day conference was the first organized by Hamad to combine the three neuroscience specialties into one program.

Stars of Excellence Awards

Top honors were awarded to 29 winning projects at the seventh annual Stars of Excellence staff award ceremony in November 2016. The winning projects were selected from a total of 303 submissions, one of the highest numbers of submissions received in recent years. Each year, winners are chosen based on their performance against key criteria such as the application of international best practices, evidence of direct improvements resulting from the project, and how the project has impacted patient care and the overall patient experience. The prestigious 2016 Managing Director’s Award was given to Hamad’s Clinical Information System for their collaborative achievement in clinical transformation.

Prestigious international nursing awards

In April 2016, Hamad’s nurses and midwives participated in the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators (NDNQI®) RN Satisfaction Survey for the second time. More than 2,000 US hospitals participate in the program to measure nursing quality, improve nurse satisfaction, strengthen the nursing work environment, assess staffing levels, and improve reimbursement and performance policies. In May 2016 the NDNQI® RN survey results were released and both the Mental Health Service and Rumailah Hospital were named among the winners of the 2016 NDNQI Awards for Outstanding Nursing Quality. Selected from over 1,900 hospitals affiliated with the NDNQI, Hamad was the only award recipient located outside of the US and is among an elite group of six hospitals that received the national award.