CQUINS members win LHSC awards

On March 22nd, 2022 the recipients of the inaugural Academic Alignment Initiative Awards were announced by Dr Jackie Schleifer Taylor, CEO of LHSC. These grants, awarded by London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) and London Health Sciences Foundation (LHSF) recognize a commitment to advance LHSC’s academic mission and aims to create a culture of integrated care, teaching and research. These awards will support streams of work to advance the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of disease, as well as work to improve patient experiences, optimize health care delivery, and create system efficiencies.

CQuInS faculty were recipients of two of these awards, with Quality Improvement Initiatives that aligned with LHSC’s strategic priorities.

Congratulations to Dr Mark Goldszmidt, Dr Erin Spicer and their team for their recent success in receiving a Limited Term Chair (five year) award. Funding from this award will support the team in the creation of an inpatient medicine continuous quality improvement hub. The focus of their work will be determining how to measure and support quality improvement across five overlapping and, at times, competing areas: the health of populations, the experience of care for individuals, per capita cost, workforce wellbeing and clinical education.

Congratulations also to Dr Natasha McIntyre for her Clinician Scientist award. The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the adoption of virtual care, which is likely to have a significant presence in health care even after the pandemic has ended. However, little is known about health care providers’ experiences with using virtual care. This program of research and quality improvement will focus on understanding the perceptions and experiences of providers across LHSC during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to identify areas for development and improvement in the delivery of virtual care, in a post-pandemic health care system, its subsequent implementation and evaluation.

In these awards, we appreciate LHSC’s support of CQuInS’s efforts.

We look forward to seeing how these initiatives develop over time, providing opportunities not just for the recipients, but also other faculty and learners.