Quality improvement made simple

What everyone should know about health care quality improvement

August 2013

Thumbnail

Key points

  • This guide focuses on one important element of the quality agenda: quality improvement. It looks in particular at what are known as organisational or industrial approaches to quality improvement.
  • These aim to bring about a measurable improvement by applying specific methods within a health care setting.

Improving quality is about making health care safe, effective, patient-centred, timely, efficient and equitable. In the history of the NHS, there has never been a greater focus on improving the quality of health services.

This is not a ‘how to’ guide. Instead, it offers a clear explanation of some common approaches used to improve quality, including where they have come from, their underlying principles and their efficacy and applicability within the healthcare arena.

It is written for a general health care audience and will be most useful for those new to the field of quality improvement, or those wanting to be reminded of the key points.

Updated in 2013, this is the second edition of Quality improvement made simple.

Further reading

Research report

The spread challenge

This report shines a light on the challenges facing the NHS in improving the uptake of new ideas and practices, and the need ...

Learning report

The improvement journey

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

You might also like...

Invitation to tender

ITT: Summative Evaluation of the Flow Coaching Academy Programme

The deadline for responses is 12.00 on Tuesday 5 November 2019.

Apply now

Blog

Making time to talk: the challenge of spreading knowledge

Dr Nicola Burgess on the practical value of creating formal spaces to spread informal knowledge within organisations.

Blog

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.

Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101

Work with us

We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

View current vacancies
Artboard 101 copy 2

The Q Community

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

Find out more