The Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare, being held next month in Doha, has announced the most extensive and inclusive programme in its seven-year history. This international conference which is aimed at healthcare professionals, offers over 80 workshops, lectures, poster presentations, and plenaries. These various programmes will be delivered by more than 100 staff made up of local and international quality improvement experts.

Dr Abdullatif Al Khal is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer at Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) and the Forum Co-Chair. He explained how the program offers healthcare professionals an opportunity to develop their knowledge and competence in quality and safety. He also said the event also offers a great opportunity for continuing professional development:

The Forum provides a unique learning environment where everyone learns and everyone teaches. With 3,000 anticipated attendees, we expect this year’s Forum to promote lively discussions and spark lots of innovative ideas for doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and allied health professionals.’

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Dr Khal added:

Conference attendees can learn cutting-edge knowledge about the “Psychology of Change” and “The Human Factors in Safety”, which are only two of many topics that explore what motivates people to make a positive change, and how this can affect their improvement plans. Another session puts the spotlight on “Value Management”, exploring helpful ways that organizations can engage clinical staff in improving the value of their care delivery. These sessions will include practical international examples and examples from healthcare systems in Qatar.’

The Middle East Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare provides an ideal learning environment where delegates can earn up to 21.5 continuing professional development (CPD) hours, in accordance with the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) guidelines. This educational event is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for all healthcare professionals interested in the science and practice of quality improvement.

Nasser Al Naimi, Deputy Chief of Quality and Director of the Hamad Healthcare Quality Institute (HHQI), highlighted the importance of the participation of partners in quality in the development of the event’s programme:

We have collaborated closely with our partners, including representatives from the Ministry of Public Health, Primary Health Care Corporation, Sidra Medicine, Qatar University, and the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), as well as the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), to develop the most extensive and exciting programme in our Forum’s seven-year history.’

Annual Quality and Safety in Healthcare Forum

Al Naimi added:

Each of our partners has valuable insights and expertise concerning improving the safety and care of patients. Their feedback has been invaluable in the development of an educational program that is not only interesting but also designed to offer practical skills and tools that healthcare practitioners can use to deal with the daily challenges of delivering healthcare services.’