The QI Conference 2018 took place on 12th July 2018 in Sheffield. Please click the tabs below for more information.

The theme for this year's conference was: Working Together for Improvement: Behaviour Change in the NHS



Abstract submission closed on 1st May 2018. All authors have now been contacted with the outcome of their submission. We received a record number of abstracts this year so congratulations to those that were successful.


Keynote Speaker

We are pleased to confirm we have 2 keynote speakers at this years conference. You can view further details below.

Dr Martin Wildman

Consultant Respiratory Physician Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

Clinical lead National Cystic Fibrosis CQUIN


Martin Wildman is an Adult Respiratory Physician specialising in CF. He also has an Honorary position at ScHARR where he works as a health services researcher with an interest in complex intervention development and evaluation using approaches that link the MRC complex interventions pathway to improvement science. He also has a post within the Sheffield Microsytems Coaching academy where he delivers training in improvement science ( .Martin spent 4 years in the Health Services Research Unit at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where he completed a Masters in public health and completed a PhD linking registry data within the Intensive Care National Audit Research Centre (ICNARC) data to prospectively collected trial data to develop the CAOS model to investigate ICU gatekeeping and outcomes for patients with COPD. Martin is currently Co-PI on the £2 million NIHR programme grant to develop CFHealthHub a complex intervention designed to support self-management and habit formation in adults with CF ( ).

Dr Sweeny Johal

Consultant Gastroenterologist and Author

Dr Sweeny Johal has been a practicing hospital specialist Doctor for over 30 years. He researched disorders of the Digestive tract at Queens Medical Centre, UK which lead to the award of a PhD. He is currently a Consultant and Honorary Lecturer post at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. His Specialism includes disorders of the digestive tract, nutrition, diet, IBS, mental and physical health and self-help. During his clinical work, he began to realise how many people suffered from mind related problems that was also impacting on their physical health and vice versa. In addition, most people were unaware of how their diet, exercise and the dwindling time they have for themselves was affecting their wellbeing. Having realised that mind-based therapies were proven to be as effective as traditional treatments Dr Sweeny started incorporating advice related to the mind along with diet, exercise and lifestyle to good effect. His patients who benefited from this new approach encouraged him to write the advice that helped change their lives.




Morning Afternoon

An Introduction to Stress Management

Experience-Based Co-Design (EBCD)

Improvisation and the Art of Quality Improvement

Introduction to Achieving Behaviour Change

An introduction to Coaching 

Flow Coaching Academy – Big Room Live

What is Quality Improvement?

An introduction to Mindfulness

To view a full description of each workshop and to preference please click here.


Presentations from speakers who have consented to their presentations being shared are now available to download from the bottom of the page. 


The brochure is available to download from the documents at the bottom of the page.