Quality for Patient and Staff Safety (QPSS) program I and II graduated during an event held at SBS on 6th June 2012. The participants from the healthcare industry had successfully completed the set projects which were a prerequisite for the healthcare program. The participants were to choose work-based projects on areas within their organisations in which they would like to implement.
The event begun with opening remarks from Cavin Opiyo- Manager Healthcare programs who focused on the study of medical devices landscape in Kenya and how executive education contributed towards reducing the gaps. Among other attendees was Dr Meinrad Lugan, a BBRAUN board member who participated in a round table discussion with CEOs from organisations from whence the graduates work.
From the event, quality in the health service was dominant. Foulata Kwena, a patients right activist and Moses Okinyi, head of Safe Healthcare Africa program, accentuated the need to know rights for both patients and medical practitioners during the presentation of their projects. Moses highlighted the fact that, for safe care to be achieved, patients must be centrally involved in the process and advocate for safe care. Both speakers emphasized on the importance of good practices in the medical department. They cited several examples of people from all over Africa who had suffered from poor medical practices losing their lives, contracting life-threatening diseases or having catastrophic conditions like induced barrenness.
The philosophy underpinning Executive Education emphasizes on individual and organisational transformation. The methods used in the transformation of participants include case studies and syndicate groups. The graduating participants acquired concepts that strengthened their professional practice with each participant required to implement a project demonstrating the skills learnt. One of the projects presented was an investigation on improving the admission process for cardiac patients at the mater hospital cardiac center. From the projects participants recommended improvements in the process in terms of response time and services provided. The second project was presented by a team from Metropolitan hospital. They presented on the need for fire safety and preparedness in the hospital.
The team visited Nairobi Womens hospital where they saw a project from a QPSS graduate on reducing the turnaround time in service delivery.
SBS is keen to live up to its mandate of service to society through continued effort of the alumni to make a difference in their professions. It is anticipated that the partnership between GIZ, BBRAUN and SBS will continue to grow and contribute to several healthcare workers with requisite management capacity.
BBraun is a program that was specially designed to address the challenges of ensuring patient safety through acquisition of quality medical devices among health workers. To contribute towards addressing these challenges, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Health Sector Program (HSP) entered into a private public partnership (PPP) with B. Braun Melsungen AG to deliver The Patient Safety and Medical Devices Quality Improvement Program at Strathmore Business School. The aim of the partnership, through the program, is to transform the quality of medical devices and general health service provision in the Kenyan health sector.