Why this Program?
Over 10,000 health professionals from major organizations such as Extendicare, Toronto Public Health and Aurora have successfully completed our Lean Healthcare Belt Programs. Here are some of the reasons why.
- Developed & delivered by Lean Healthcare Experts & Accomplished Clinical Experts.
- Apply-it-now approach generates immediate, tangible benefits.
- Receive one-on-one mentoring support throughout.
- Qualification in 13 weeks or less.
- Aligned with ISO 18404 standards.
- Entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 10 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.
- Flexibility to complete within 6 months.
Who is this program for?
This program is aimed at health professionals such as Quality Improvement Specialists, Operations Managers, Medical Directors, Nurse Practitioners and Physicians from organizations across the health sector including hospitals, health authorities, mental health and addictions, youth services, long term care, public and community health.
Program content & structure
The Lean Healthcare Green Belt program is made up of four learning blocks each containing a series of courses. One-on-one online mentoring support is provided for participants throughout the program and assessment is based on completing a multiple-choice exam online (50%) and submission of a work-based improvement project (50%).
- Introduction to Lean
- Lean principles
- Applying Lean in healthcare
- Identifying wastes
Understanding & Practicing Lean
- Lean healthcare tools and practices
- The Kaizen approach to healthcare
- PDSA and A3 thinking in Lean healthcare
- Problem solving in Lean healthcare
Planning for Breakthrough Improvements
- Planning for and initiating a Lean Activity
- Managing change in Lean implementation
- Demand, data collection, and analysis
- Value stream mapping in healthcare
Implementing & Sustaining Improvements
- Leading a Kaizen event in healthcare
- Leading a 6S initiative in healthcare
- Improving healthcare process capacity and flow
- Reducing healthcare variation and improving quality
- Lean and Six Sigma in healthcare
- Sustaining and controlling improvements
Learn from leaders
Tony Soumas is a Lean leader with over 25 years’ experience. As well as delivering Belt training and coaching across the health sector, Tony specializes in strategy planning and deployment (Hoshin Kanri); Kaizen and root cause problem solving. Sample clients include Jewish General Hospital (Montreal); Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa; St Joseph’s Health Centre of Sudbury; Central Health (Newfoundland); Centre de Santé Communautaire du Témiskaming and Ottawa Public Health, among others.
Program fees & enrolment
The program fees per region are outlined below. All prices are exclusive of tax.
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What our learners say
We have been thrilled with Leading Edge Group and the Green Belt program as it allows our busy professionals to work independently and fit around their busy schedules. The program is well laid out with both video and written education and printable resources.
The program mentor is available for feedback and suggestions to ensure the success of our team members. The projects developed by our participants have had a positive impact on the care of our residents and services being provided. I would highly recommend this opportunity to other businesses looking to build capacity amongst their leaders and team members!
The Lean Green Belt learning provided the knowledge and tools to expand our quality improvement toolkit to improve processes at Central Health. Our goal is to assist multidisciplinary teams to find efficiencies through the elimination of waste and adding value to the delivery of care and service to positively impact client, employee and physician satisfaction.
Some of the tools from the Green Belt we are utilizing include value stream mapping, A3 reports, spaghetti diagrams, 5S and visual management boards. The application of the different tools has helped teams achieve some great wins including team building and role clarity; improved communication to facilitate discharge planning; the right person providing the right care at the right time; new physician discharge orders; decreased length of stay; to name a few. Knowledge building, sharing and proficiency with Lean tools continues with Lean Black Belt learning.