Will Warburton

Director of Improvement

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Will is Director of Improvement at the Health Foundation. He is responsible for a number of initiatives supporting the Foundation’s work to improve the quality of health care services.

This includes an ambitious programme of activity and funding, involving partners from academia, the NHS and the wider health and care system, to test, evaluate and share lessons about how to improve care more effectively and efficiently. It also comprises the development of people’s skills in leadership and quality improvement approaches. Central initiatives include the Q community, supported by NHS Improvement, connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK, and a collaboration with Cambridge University to develop a research institute, which will produce practical learning about how to improve care. 

Will was previously Forum Director for the World Innovation Summit for Health, and Operational Director at the Centre for Health Policy in the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London, where he is an honorary research fellow. Prior to this, Will worked in the NHS as Head of Operations for Women’s and Children’s services at St. Mary’s Hospital and Queen Charlotte and Chelsea Hospital, and as a management consultant at KPMG. While working in the NHS, Will undertook the GenerationQ Fellowship, gaining a postgraduate qualification in leadership and quality improvement. 

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Cultivating the soil

Will Warburton presents the case for a provider capability-building fund to support the NHS long term plan.

Learning report

The improvement journey

A learning report explaining why improvement in health care matters, and how to get started in your organisation.


On the front line of quality improvement in Manchester: flashing lights, focused funding and forming habits

Will Warburton reflects on what he learnt from his recent visit to front-line improvement practitioners in Manchester.


Changing leadership culture, one conversation at a time

Will Warburton, Director of Improvement, explains how the learning from our GenerationQ programme can help address some of th...

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Overcoming Challenges in Codifying and Replicating Complex Health Care Interventions

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Better health and social care integration?

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