Closing the Gap through Clinical Communities ran from November 2009 to May 2012. Clinicians with a track record as influential leaders in their clinical networks worked on a range of quality improvement projects.
Eleven projects from across the UK worked to improve the quality and safety of care in a different clinical area, from improving care for newborn babies with brain injuries to reducing the rate of blood borne viruses among people with substance misuse problems.
As part of the programme, each project team benefited from learning and development to help improve knowledge of quality improvement, systems thinking, measurement and behavioural sciences.
Closing the Gap through Clinical Communities built on the findings of two earlier Health Foundation programmes: the Engaging with Quality Initiative and the Engaging with Quality in Primary Care programme.