PreMD’s Practice Development Services

In recent years the concept of a health care service, that is continuously adapting and improving to meet the needs of service users, has been gaining ground. There has been growing emphasis on defining standards of practice, implementing evidence-based practice and encouraging innovation in organisations and clinical teams.

The term practice development covers a wide range of activities, including the introduction of changes in practice, the support and development of practitioners, setting standards and quality improvement. It is often used loosely and interchangeably with other terms, such as the implementation of research evidence.

Practice developers are whole systems thinkers and leaders that have an eye on demonstrating the impact and value of innovation for sustainable change. Practice Development offers a creative methodology and person-centered design bridging the gap between the rhetoric and the practice of values and culture.

We believe that practice development:

  • is a continuous process of developing person-centered and evidence informed cultures.

  • is enabled by facilitators who authentically engage with individuals and teams to blend personal qualities and creative imagination with practice skills and wisdom.

  • provides learning that brings about multiple transformations of individual and team practices; this is sustained by embedding both practice development processes and outcomes in service, corporate and commissioning strategy.

Practice development is an internationally recognised and sustainable approach that achieves multiple aims in healthcare workplaces and organisations to improve patient or service user experiences of care including:

  • Transforming care and services so that they are person-centered, safe and effective

  • Creating good places to work

  • Ensuring that the best evidence and research informs everyday practice

PreMD works to embed new and more effective and person-centered ways of working within teams and workplaces. Our practice development approach brings a fresh spark of life into teams and patients or service users care in a different way from other improvement and social research approaches. It is based on specific practice development activities which are strongly influenced by local factors in the team and organisation. Practice development complements numerous quality and clinical governance methods.

At PreMD for Practice Development, we use blended methodologies, approaches and theories to test, refine and make our methods and processes work in busy healthcare workplaces including:

  • Action research

  • Evaluation research such as stakeholder evaluation and realistic evaluation

  • Appreciative Inquiry

  • Critical Creativity

  • Narrative Methodologies

  • Co-operative Inquiry

  • Action and Active Learning

  • Discovery Learning

  • Work Based Learning

  • Practice clinical micro-systems framework

  • Solution Focused Methods

Practice development complements numerous quality and clinical governance methods with its focus on person centered care; knowledge translation and embedding effective workplace cultures.

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