• 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.
  • Clinicians with a track record as influential leaders in their clinical networks worked on a range of quality improvement projects.
  • Ran from November 2009 to May 2012. 

Closing the Gap through Clinical Communities supported improvement projects led by clinicians with a track record as influential leaders within their clinical networks.

The clinicians and their teams chose the area they wanted to improve and the nature of the methods and approaches to close the gap between regular care and best practice.

Closing the Gap through Clinical Communities aimed to:

  • build the knowledge and skills of clinical teams in how to make improvements in the quality of care.
  • contribute to the creation of a systematic body of knowledge concerning how best to engage clinicians in quality improvement activity and, in particular, how best to stimulate learning about quality improvement among health professionals.
  • support clinical communities to make demonstrable improvements in quality by tackling known gaps between best practice and routine delivery of care.

Learning and development was provided in areas of quality improvement, including knowledge of systems, measurement, an understanding of variation, and an ability to spread learning.

As well as developing the knowledge of the project teams, the programme worked to create a systematic body of knowledge on how best to encourage learning about quality improvement and engage clinicians in quality improvement activities.

Closing the Gap through Clinical Communities built on our Engaging with Quality programme.