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2011 GNYHA-PSYCKES Quality Collaborative
Learning Collaborative Activities

The Greater New York Hospital Association (GNYHA)- Psychiatric Services and Clinical Knowledge Enhancement System (PSYCKES) Quality Collaborative follows the Learning Collaborative model, an approach in which a group of health care organizations come together, form interdisciplinary teams, test and measure evidence-based practice innovations, and share their experiences to rapidly advance widespread adoption of best practices. Through the identification and sharing of best practices and lessons learned, the Collaborative creates a community in which hospitals assist one another in working toward a common goal of enhancing outcomes and sustaining improvements.

Members of the Quality Collaborative attend semi-annual meetings and participate in monthly conference calls to share effective strategies and best practices. All staff at participating institutions are invited to technical and clinical webinars offered by the PSYCKES Team. Please check the News and Calendar sections of the website for announcements of upcoming webinars.

Monthly Learning Collaborative Calls
Monthly learning collaborative calls are attended by members of the Quality Improvement (QI) teams from participating hospitals. These calls, in which participants share effective strategies and lessons learned, are the heart of the learning collaborative model. A rotation schedule ensures that each team has the opportunity to participate actively by reporting on its QI project throughout the year.

The "Kick-Off" Conference took place on December 10, 2010. Materials from the conference are available:

The Mid-Year Conference took place on June 20, 2011. Participants in the Collaborative shared effective strategies in the areas of: Staff Training and Engagement; Reducing New Starts of Risky Medication Regimens; Monitoring Quality Improvement Activities and Outcomes; and Addressing Barriers to Medication Change. Materials from the conferences are available:

The Outcomes Conference took place on January 26, 2012. The PSYCKES team shared preliminary year-end project data. Participating hospitals presented on project activities such as medication changes, outreach to clinicians throughout the hospital, and health integration. Materials from the conference are available:

Comments or questions about the information on this page can be directed to the PSYCKES Team.