6S is a workplace organisation productivity tool that lays the foundations for lean activities. Borne under the umbrella of lean 6S is an essential tool in the lean toolkit. Each 'S' focuses on ensuring that the workplace is organised into a highly efficient and effective area. Designed to support the relentless pursuit to identify and systematically eliminate waste, effective 6S implementation can reduce, and perhaps even eliminate, time wasted looking for things by improving organisation and highlighting missing pieces of vital equipment e.g. medical apparatus, files and folders. The course looks at each of the 6S's in turn, offering examples of how it can be used in practice. Implementing 6S will increase efficiency, boost morale and significantly improve the safety of your work environment.
The tremendous benefits of this methodology have been documented in countless industries demonstrating its applicability what ever you might be doing and go beyond 'a good tidy up'! This particular 6S course is grown out of pioneering work done in Acute Trusts but is equally applicable to the whole health economy.
While primarily set in a healthcare setting, the process is equally applicable in any office environment.
The importance of a well organised and maintained working environment is demonstrated in this 6S course. It includes the principles and benefits of implementing 6S and covers everything you need to get started, from an introduction to 6S to implementing and sustaining systems.
6S is a great way to involve everyone in improving their own work setting. The principle behind 6S is one of continuous improvement, looking at how each task is carried out and continually seeking to improve efficiency and quality - ensuring a consistently higher quality of service or product.
The course consists of eight modules: a 6S Overview followed by modules on each of the 6Ss:
- 1S Sort: sorting or clearing out unwanted or unneeded items from the work place
- 2S Set in Order: establishing a place for everything and everything in its place
- 3S Shine: cleaning up your work environment
- 4S Standardise: setting up systems to maintain and monitor continuance of best practice from the first 3 Ss
- 5S Sustain: ensuring you maintain practices requires discipline, discover some simple tools that will make 6S a habit for all within your organisation
- 6S Safety: eliminating hazards and building safety into everything you do And finally, a short module on how following the PDCA cycle can assist in 6S implementation.
This course is set in a healthcare setting - but could equally be adopted in any work environment.
The content of this Virtual College course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines
On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.
Approximately 7 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course.
Employees within a healthcare setting of any size wishing to improve productivity.
There are no specific entry requirements for this course.