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Praise for 'Lean' book for healthcare professionals

Egham, Surrey, UKLearning NewsAmnis

Mark Eaton's updated book on the secrets of 'Lean' for healthcare practitioners - 'Lean for practitioners' (ISBN 978-1-905823-58-1) - published at the end of August, has already generated high praise from healthcare professionals. So Amnis has decided to give away 50 copies of the book, on request.

Sarah Noon, Assistant Director of Service Improvement at Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, commented: "Mark Eaton's 'Lean for Practitioners' is one of the best books on Lean I have read. It's concise, focused on healthcare issues and provides an overview of the tools as well as how you turn tools into actions and improvements."

The new, updated sixth edition of Eaton's book builds on his - and Amnis' - continued experience of providing both practical guidance and training to healthcare professionals charged with ensuring that both their organisations' people and processes adhere to the highest standards in terms of quality, innovation, productivity and prevention.

To help spread Amnis' top tips and techniques for Lean in healthcare, the company will be giving away copies of the new edition of 'Lean for Practitioners' to the first 50 people from healthcare organisations who email their details to Amnis's Client Services Director, Ruth Bodman (, requesting a free copy of the book. In addition, everyone who applies for a free copy of the book will receive a regular copy of Amnis' newsletter, which contains news and views on healthcare-related quality, innovation and productivity issues.

Eaton commented: "This book evolves all the time as we find new and better ways of explaining Lean in healthcare and as new projects and examples of best practice are completed.

"We're delighted that this new edition has received a great deal of praise - and we're equally delighted to be able to give away copies of the book in our on-going campaign to promote knowledge dissemination and best practice in this important area of healthcare practice."

'Lean for practitioners' focuses on providing essential basic information on Lean for healthcare professionals. In addition to examples and case studies, the book contains a number of Lean checklists, including how to run Lean Rapid Improvement Events and Value Stream Mapping Events.

After explaining Lean and the concepts behind this philosophy, the book provides a four step guide to 'going Lean'. It goes on to describe Lean at different organisational levels.

Having outlined how to 'think Lean', it concludes by explaining the top five Lean tools and identifying ten key problems healthcare organisations experience with going Lean.

For further details of the book, along with Amnis' Lean-related guidance and training, contact Amnis at or call 0870 446 1002.