QualityWatch This research programme provides independent scrutiny into how the quality of health and social care is changing


QualityWatch is a joint research programme from the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation, which we hope will both augment and inform the work of other statutory national bodies and initiatives.

QualityWatch aims to:

  • provide an authoritative resource on the overall quality of health and social care
  • independently monitor and comment on changes over time
  • highlight areas where improvement is possible 
  • contribute to improving measures of quality.

Key elements of the programme include over 200 care quality indicators, regular commentary and  an annual statement on quality.

You can also follow QualityWatch on Twitter: @Quality_Watch

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Quality and inequality

This scrolling data story takes a closer look at the association between deprivation in the area...

An archive of QualityWatch reports from 2017 and earlier is available below. For the latest resources and analysis from this programme of work, visit the QualityWatch website.

Qualitywatch archive

Community services: What do we know about quality?

November 2017

This QualityWatch report looks at trends in routinely collected national quality measures in 18 community trusts in England, which account for a quarter of all community health services delivered in t...

Root causes: quality and inequality in dental health

November 2017

This QualityWatch report analyses data on dental health outcomes and activity.

Focus on: Emergency hospital care for children and young people

April 2017

This QualityWatch report shows changes in patterns of use over time and provides the basis for discussion about the quality of care for children and young people.

Quality at a cost

December 2016

Quality at a cost is the fourth annual statement from QualityWatch, a joint research programme from the Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation.

Focus on: Public health and prevention

April 2016

This QualityWatch report provides an overview of public health outcomes in recent years.

Winter pressures: What's going on behind the scenes?

February 2016

In this latest analysis from QualityWatch, a joint Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation research programme, we track performance across 29 different indicators over the past five years (from Spring 20...

Consensus on quality

December 2015

A QualityWatch summary of a study to gather consensus from a range of stakeholder groups on what they felt was important to measure in order to understand the quality of healthcare.

Closer to Critical?

November 2015

The third QualityWatch annual statement, it aims to help policymakers, health care leaders, patient groups and others make sense of quality across health and social care, primarily in England.

Focus on: People with mental ill health and hospital use

October 2015

What differences in hospital use can tell us about the quality of physical health care for people with mental ill health.

Focus on: International comparisons of healthcare quality

July 2015

An analysis of 27 care quality indicators across 15 countries to see what comparisons of international healthcare data can tell us about quality of care in the UK.

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