What happens in an RPIW?

You may have been asked to take part in an RPIW, perhaps as a team member, or as a Process Owner. But what, exactly, is an RPIW? Rapid Process Improvement Workshops, or RPIWs, are events at which a team undertakes focused Lean work on a process. Very similar terms can be used by different services-…

But it’s already tidy!

There are core building blocks to a Lean approach, including value, waste and value streams. 5S is another core technique. I’ve written about the development of 5S in a previous post. There are variations of the words used, but 5S involves: Sort – separate the necessary from the unnecessary Set in Order – put items in the…

Book Review: ‘Lean-Led Hospital Design’ by Naida Grunden and Charles Hagood

In most health care systems, we introduce Lean into a system that already exists. In the case of hospitals, this means that you have to work within the constraints of an existing building. This usually introduces limitations – you cannot move operating theatres, or linear accelerators, for example. This is not a deal-breaker: Lean is built around continuous improvement, so incremental…