Graphic facilitation as a novel approach to practice development

Angela Leonard, Candice Bonaconsa, Lydia Ssenyonga, Minette Coetzee
2017 Nursing Children and Young People  
The active participation of staff from the outset of any health service or practice improvement process ensures they are more likely to become engaged in the implementation phases that follow initial service analyses. Graphic facilitation is a way of getting participants to develop an understanding of complex systems and articulate solutions from within them. This article describes how a graphic facilitation process enabled the members of a multidisciplinary team at a specialist paediatric
more » ... ist paediatric neurosurgery hospital in Uganda to understand how their system worked. The large graphic representation the team created helped each team member to visualise their day-to-day practice, understand each person's contribution, celebrate their triumphs and highlight opportunities for service improvement. The process highlighted three features of their practice: an authentic interdisciplinary team approach to care, admission of the primary carer with the child, and previously unrecognised delays in patient flow through the outpatients department. The team's active participation and ownership of the process resulted in sustainable improvements to clinical practice.
doi:10.7748/ncyp.2017.e869 pmid:29115772 fatcat:7enpvgpjbjej5bcklfaii52lam