Get ideas and inspiration from our improvement projects

We fund hundreds of projects around the UK that are testing ways to improve the quality of health services. Our listing has a range of categories you can search by to help you find work that we've funded that relates to the areas you're interested in.

Patient safety resource centre

Our patient safety resource centre enables you to access credible information at your fingertips. With resources to suit all levels of practice, from key research to national standards, implementation guidelines and case studies, you’ll find everything you need, all in one place.

Person-centred care resource centre

Our person-centred care resource centre is designed to help health care professionals implement a more person-centred health care service, where people are supported to more effectively manage and make informed decisions about  their own health and care.

What is person-centred care?

Heard about person-centred care but not quite sure what it is? Take a look through our introduction to person-centred care and explore how health care professionals and patients are working together for improved health outcomes and a more sustainable health service.

What is person-centred care?

Policy Navigator

Explore the history of NHS reform with our dedicated microsite, including timelines of six key policy themes.

Screenshot of Policy Navigator homepage

Communications in health care improvement - a toolkit

This toolkit is for health care professionals working in improvement who want to understand and use communications to better plan, implement and spread their work. The toolkit takes you, step by step, through the practical actions necessary to harness the power of communications to your cause. No previous experience of communications is required.

Webinars

Our webinars cover a range of topics on health care improvement, improvement science and health policy. Our back catalogue contains recordings of previous webinars for you to watch whenever suits you.

Q initiative

Q is an initiative, led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS England, connecting people skilled in improvement across the UK. 

Q will make it easier for people from all parts of the health care system with expertise in improvement to share ideas, enhance their skills and make changes that bring tangible benefits for patients.

Improvement research

Improvement science researches effective techniques, strategies and theories that can then be used widely by many teams in different settings to undertake quality improvement well. Find out more about our work in this important area and our plans for a new institute.

 

QualityWatch

QualityWatch is a joint research programme from the Health Foundation and Nuffield Trust, monitoring how the quality of health and social care is changing over time. We're tracking more than 270 quality indicators to find out whether health and social care quality in England is getting better or worse.

BMJ Quality & Safety

The Health Foundation co-owns the BMJ Quality and Safety journal with the BMJ Group.

The journal aims to advance research and generate new thinking in the areas of quality and safety of health care, and the science of improvement.

How to help health care flow around winter pressures

Emergency funding to increase the staffing capacity in A&E departments is a common solution. Making the ‘flow’ of people into and out of A&E more efficient is a big job but a potentially much better long-term solution. Here we share some of the learning and resources from our Flow, Cost, Quality programme.

Star: socio-technical allocation of resources

Star is a new approach to priority setting, to help commissioners and those planning services to allocate their health resources to benefit patients in their community. Together with the London School of Economics (LSE), we have developed the Star approach that combines value for money analysis with stakeholder engagement, where an Excel-based tool is used alongside a facilitated stakeholder workshop.

Research scan

We are no longer providing the research scan service. In autumn 2016 we will be providing an archive of the research scan as a downloadable spreadsheet. Please email research@health.org.uk to get an update when this is available.