Are you looking for inspiration for your next quality improvement initiative? Listen to some of the country's leading pathologists discuss their own experiences of making improvements and the impact these case studies had on patient safety and care. 

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Podcast 2: Using A3 problem solving for change and patient safety. A conversation with Dr Cate Wight

We talk to Dr Cate Wight about how a near miss with a tissue sample led to an improvement project to ensure the safety, accuracy and efficiency of processing histology samples from receipt to bar coding.

About Dr Cate Wight

Dr Cate Wight is a consultant breast and gynaecological pathologist with over 20 years' experience in pathology. She is passionate about quality improvement and creating an effective workplace culture.

As a consultant, she worked at Path Links for 12 years, where she learnt a lot about Lean and quality improvement. She also worked in East Kent for 4 years, until November 2018. She is now the Network Clinical Lead for Cellular Pathology in University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire. 


Further resources

Further resources on A3 problem solving, including templates and published examples of A3 problem solving projects, are available from the quality improvement section of our website. 

Podcast 1: Is there a need to improve autopsy pathology? A conversation with Professor Sebastian Lucas

We speak to Professor Sebastian Lucas about the importance of high quality in autopsy services and the challenges to implementing guidelines and improvements.

About Professor Sebastian Lucas

Sebastian Lucas is semi-retired after 45 years in pathology. He trained at Oxford, UCH and St Thomas', where he developed his specialty interest in infectious diseases morbid anatomy. This led to work in Africa and the opportunity to investigate HIV/AIDS when it arose in the 1980s. Major autopsy-based projects around HIV in Ivory Coast, on perinatal mortality in Kenya, on HIV, maternal death and sickle cell disease in the UK all led to him focussing on quality aspects of autopsy practice.

He became professor of pathology at Guy's and St Thomas' Medical School in 1995, and has stayed on as honorary consultant. He is also a member of the RCPath Death Investigation Group.


Further resources

Professor Lucas has previously appeared on the BBC Radio 4 show Post Mortem in which he performed a 'consented' post mortem to demonstrate the value of this practice.

Upcoming podcasts

23 May 2019

We discuss innovative approaches to gentamicin prescribing for sepsis with Dr Tom Lewis and learn the importance of approaching improvement from the patient perspective.

30 May 2019

We are joined by Dr Shubha Allard and Dr Lise Estcourt to discuss why quality improvement matters in transfusion medicine and what you can do in your own hospital to improve patient care in relation to pre-operative anaemia.

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