In 2012, the MUHC initiated an annual competition, the Challenge Q+, as an initiative to promote and reward innovative ideas for Quality Improvement. Each year proposals submitted by the various faculties and departments of the MUHC are appraised by a panel of healthcare professionals and patient representatives for their innovation, sustainability and patient involvement. The winner of this competition is rewarded with a grant of $150,000 to design and run the initiative outlined in their proposal.
Previous winners include:
2012: The Adult Emergency Department’s (ED) PAIN FREE Initiative
2013: The Department of Radiation Oncology’s proposal to provide accurate wait-times to its patients.
The Patient Survey
In the Summer of 2015, a joint task force of providers of care and patient representatives, from the Allan Memorial Institute and Griffith Edwards Centre Addictions Unit designed and administered a survey polling patients on their satisfaction with their care, and the potential for its improvement.
The Recovery Transition Program
Drawing from the voice of the patient population, as expressed in the results of the survey, the task force drafted a proposal for a program where Peer Mentors would be trained to provide education, support and a living example of recovery to patients who were still in the process of transitioning from a Clinical setting to the Community.
On February 2016, it was announced that the proposal for the Recovery Transition Program had been selected by the Challenge Q+ Panel.