Rob sent me a message from the airport lounge in Ireland.

“I feel elated!” 

And well he should. He had met so many wonderful new people in Ireland who bravely shared their powerful clinical safety stories.

If you had asked Rob how he felt long ago before he gave his first ever talk, he would have use the words terrified; wracked with doubt; uncertain. 

But Rob, similar to Claire, chose to grasp the sword in the stone and claim it as their own. 

Claire, by her own admission, knew nothing of Quality Improvement processes or methods when she started her journey into the Ten Minute Meeting for the MET Team. 

But her logic told her it was a sound idea and she immersed herself in the experience, planting the seed through corridor conversations and tea room chats and watering the emerging construct with her enthusiasm, determination and forthrightness. 

The patient safety Excalibur will find its own way. In innovation you do not need to be an instant expert.

 All that is needed is the idea, sometimes so simple it seems ludicrous. 

The value of the clinician is that they have rigorously analysed their immersion experience at the clinical interface through reflective learning. 

And if you want to call what happens next ‘innovation’, then so be it. 

But the success of Claire’s ‘Ten Minute Meeting, like the success of ‘Below Ten Thousand’, occurred simply because the proponents thought it a worthy idea, and gently grasping the sword stuck in stone, withdrew it from its bedrock. 


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