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Yellow Belt Program for Lean Healthcare

(Developed in partnership with medical professionals and the Ministry of Health)

What is a Lean Healthcare Yellow Belt?

A Lean Healthcare Yellow Belt is an individual with broad training in Lean Healthcare principles, techniques, and tools. The Lean Healthcare Yellow Belt is well qualified to participate as a full member of a Lean Kaizen improvement team, and to contribute in a lean work environment. Upon completion of the Lean Healthcare Yellow Belt Program, you will have the capacity and confidence to demonstrate leadership skills and to mentor and assist other team members who have less Lean training and knowledge.

The Lean Healthcare Yellow Belt Training is a flexible program that offers you the opportunity to learn on-line at your own pace. Upon successful completion, you are able to receive a Lean Healthcare Yellow Belt Certificate and a full academic achievement transcript listing your marks for each of your completed courses.


All levels – Managers, technologists, patient care workers, support staff, and trainers

Requirements for the Lean Healthcare Yellow Belt Certificate

  • All 6 modules form the core fundamentals of Lean Healthcare practice.
  • Successful completion of all six modules courses including assessment testing for each course.
  • A minimum academic mastery level of 80% achieved on all assessment testing.


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Yellow Belt for Lean Healthcare Program Content

Core Fundamentals of Lean for Healthcare

  • Introduction to Lean Concepts
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Kaizen Events
  • 5S Workplace Organization
  • Mistake Proofing
  • Achieving Flow


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1) Introduction to Lean Healthcare

  • Advantages of going Lean in Healthcare
  • The nine kinds of waste, with healthcare examples
  • Lean attitudes and metrics
  • Traditional healthcare organizations
  • Overcoming obstacles to Lean transformation
  • Lean as a total system – a cultural shift
  • Mapping the patient-centric Value Stream – the meaning of end-to-end transformation
  • The ongoing Lean journey in healthcare

2) 5S for Lean Healthcare

  • The origin, structure, and benefits of 5S in healthcare
  • The sorting process
  • “Red-tagging” to identify and remove unnecessary material from the workplace
  • Necessary processes to improve access to materials and equipment
  • The role of cleaning in maintaining quality and throughput
  • Creation and use of procedures, policies, and job aids associated with 5S activities
  • Roles and functions in the monitoring of, and improvements to, 5S processes

3) Kaizen for Lean Healthcare

  • The meaning of Kaizen in healthcare
  • Kaizen Events, the patient-centric Value Stream Map, and the Future State Plan
  • Responsibilities of the Value Stream Leader and Kaizen Event Leader
  • Cross-functional Kaizen teams, types of Kaizen
  • How a Kaizen Event is initiated, event constraints
  • Successful practices of Kaizen healthcare teams
  • Basic team problem-solving tools, Brainstorming, Five Why
  • Root Cause and the Cause and Effect Diagram
  • The Kaizen Event Problem-Solving Process
  • Identify the problem, measure, analyze, generate solutions
  • Select the solution, implement, evaluate, standardize
  • Kaizen problem-solving tools
  • Sustaining Kaizen improvements in the healthcare system
  • Implementing the Solution

4) Mistake Proofing for Lean Healthcare

  • Consequences of error in Healthcare
  • Three primary sources of error and the relation between errors and defects
  • Mistake Proof, Failsafe, Poke Yoke, and Jidoka, with everyday examples
  • Characteristics of Mistake Proofing devices, mechanisms, and methods
  • Four levels of Mistake Proofing, with Healthcare examples
  • The role of the Value Stream in a continuous problem solving cycle
  • Red-flag conditions in Healthcare
  • Mistake Proofing and Conventional Wisdom
  • The value of 5S in Mistake Proofing
  • Examples of colour coding, positioning assists, and devices for Mistake Proofing
  • Mistake prevention, standardized operating procedures, and checklists
  • Mistake Proofing document design

5) Value Stream Mapping for Lean Healthcare

  • The value stream and Enterprise Value Stream Mapping@
  • Six major steps in value stream improvement using EVSM@
  • Differences between process mapping and value stream mapping
  • Identifying the value stream or value stream family
  • Developing the current-state value stream map
  • The value stream team, and going to gemba to gather data
  • Symbols used to illustrate process physical and information flows
  • Developing the future-state value stream map
  • Analysis of the current-state, client demand, takt time, waste
  • Kaizen bursts, improvement opportunities, the pacemaker
  • Developing the future-state implementation plan
  • Sequence and coordination of improvement activities
  • Execution of the plan through kaizen improvement teams
  • Moving from the current state toward a future-state vision

6) Flow/Pull (Kanban) for Lean Healthcare

  • Flow and the principles of Lean
  • Benefits of improving flow for internal and external clients
  • Takt time as the measure of client demand, variable demand
  • Flow, pull, push, and challenges that impede flow
  • Analyzing flow within the value stream
  • Process and how batch size affects flow
  • Signs of poor flow, value stream map, kaizen events
  • 5-S and flow, impact of motion & transport, turnover, errors, extra processing
  • Steps to improve layout for flow
  • Inventory reduction, workspace design
  • Balancing work and facilitating flow
  • Appropriate use of pull systems, Kanban, Supermarket
  • Heijunka and dealing with fluctuating demand