Fundamentals of Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare (White Belt)

CPD Credits6

Learn how to use Lean Six Sigma in your daily work environment

Courses on 22 January 2020 and 14 February 2020

This is an intensive one-day introduction to Lean Six Sigma.

This course serves as the recognised entry point to University College Dublin’s accredited Professional Certificate in Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare (Green Belt), which provides a pathway to the Graduate Diploma in Lean Six Sigma for Healthcare (Black Belt) with modules contributing to the MSc Leadership, Innovation and Management in Healthcare.

What is Lean Six Sigma?

Lean and Six Sigma are two methodologies which, when used together become extremely effective ways to change and improve healthcare.

Lean helps you to streamline processes, while Six Sigma works to improve quality by reducing errors or variations. The two methodologies work so well together, that they are better known as the combination Lean Six Sigma.

Lean Six Sigma as a management model was born in manufacturing but it is now taking hold in healthcare. Although healthcare differs in many ways from manufacturing, there are also many similarities: Whether building a car or providing health care for a patient, staff must rely on multiple, complex processes to accomplish their tasks and provide value to the customer or patient. Waste — of money, time, supplies, or goodwill — decreases value.

What you will learn

This course will teach you how to use Lean Six Sigma to streamline your work and design innovative solutions to combat challenging situations.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • define and create value for staff and patients
  • remove waste from daily activities, improving the patient care pathway
  • implement change and improve processes
  • build collaboration between disciplines in the clinical environment to run successful Lean Six Sigma project
  • understand the concepts of process improvement in relation to your own daily work environment.

What to expect

This programme is based on the experiences of qualified healthcare professionals in Lean Centres of Excellence in the USA and the UK. The course includes a set of recommendations for creating effective Lean exercises for healthcare application. These principles have been tested and have been found to be effective over 30 iterations across 16 hospitals.

Two experienced Black Belt facilitators will deliver a detailed lecture and workshop outlining the history of Lean Six Sigma (LSS), its tools, examples of LSS projects, and publications specific to Irish healthcare.

You will be encouraged to engage in interactive workshop sessions throughout the course.

Is this course for you?

All doctors are welcome to attend.

This course is free of charge for doctors on the Continuous Professional Development Support Scheme (CPD-SS).