On location: Trinidad
MPS presented at an important medicolegal event in Trinidad in January. Dr Brian Charles, consultant for MPS, reports on some of the lessons learned
Presenters from both sides of the Atlantic and the Caribbean region descended on Trinidad in January for a conference on the aspects of quality relating to healthcare. The conference, Improvement in Health Care Quality and Delivery: Making A Difference, was hosted by the University of the West Indies’ Faculty of Medical Sciences, and took place at the university’s St Augustine’s Campus.
The objectives of the conference were to bring together various stakeholders (both private and public sectors) in one forum, in order to assess the current state of healthcare quality and its delivery in the region, and share ideas on how to improve it.
These ideas included the role of IT in bringing added value; the use of independent assessment/ audit of institutions; and placing a strong focus on risk management and a patient’s charter.