Online Lean Healthcare Yellow Belt Program

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Develop the know-how for applying Lean tools and practices across a variety of health environments.

Through this program, you will develop a solid understanding of Lean and how it is applied across a variety of health settings to increase service delivery efficiency and quality; improve patient and employee satisfaction, and reduce waste.

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Expect to drive real change and transformation across your organization. This program is accredited and validated against stringent external standards.

Black Belt, Green Belt, and White Belt programs also available.

Why this Program?

Over 10,000 health professionals from major organizations such as Toronto Public Health and Vancouver Coastal Health 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 benefits.
  • Receive one-on-one mentoring support throughout.
  • Qualification in 20 hours of less.
  • Custom built for the entire health sector, including real world examples and health sector case studies.
  • Entitles certified Canadian College of Health Leaders members (CHE / Fellow) to 9 Category II credits towards their maintenance of certification requirement.
  • Flexibility to complete within 2 months.

Who is this program for?

This program is aimed at health professionals such as Quality Administrators, Registered Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Laboratory Technologists and Program Managers 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 Yellow program is made up of eight courses. The program also consists of a multiple-choice exam online.

Block 1

An Introduction to Lean

  • What is Lean and why apply it?
  • Goals and origins of Lean
  • Application of Lean in healthcare
  • A Lean improvement system
Block 2

Lean Principles

  • Lean and continuous improvement
  • Lean principles
  • Value stream, flow, pull, and perfection in healthcare
  • Creating value in healthcare
Block 3

Applying Lean in Healthcare

  • Key issues in healthcare
  • Healthcare cost, quality, and value
  • Creating value by managing processes
  • Scope of Lean application in healthcare
Block 4

Identifying Wastes

  • Healthcare and waste overview
  • The concept of value in Lean
  • Lean classification of wastes and Gemba walk
  • Identifying waste across healthcare systems
Block 5

Lean Healthcare Tools and Practices

  • Kanban, POUS, Spaghetti Diagrams, and Standard Work
  • Introduction to value stream mapping
  • Applying 5S in healthcare
  • Visual management in healthcare
Block 6

The Kaizen Approach to Healthcare

  • Types and impact of Kaizen
  • Kaizen rules and events
  • Kaizen implementation in healthcare
  • Toward a Kaizen culture
Block 7

PDSA and A3 Thinking in Lean Healthcare

  • Lean and PDSA
  • Introduction to A3 and A3 process
  • Team communication
  • Project management for team members
Block 8

Problem Solving in Lean Healthcare

  • Conducting root cause analysis
  • Cause and effect diagram and 5 Whys
  • Brainstorming and SCAMPER
  • Force field analysis and countermeasures
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Learn From Leaders

All our Lean Healthcare belt programs are developed and delivered by accomplished Lean Healthcare and clinical experts. Experts who have worked at the coalface and have tangible experience putting theory to practical use in real world environments.

Tony Soumas

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

Wanda Sear
Registered Nurse, North East Community Care Access Centre
Knowledge and necessary tools to help create positive, lasting change

Thank you for this great learning opportunity. It has provided knowledge and the necessary tools to help create positive, lasting change in the healthcare sector.

Lynn Laham
Director of Finance, Crossroads Children’s Centre
I am ready to take on the Lean challenge!

I thought the course was very well done. The content was good and it really helped to illustrate the concepts. I feel I am ready to take on the Lean challenge!