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

September 2018
Research report

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

Learning report

The improvement journey

May 2019
Learning report

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

You might also like...

Learning report

Improving flow along care pathways

Learning report

Based on a report by RAND Europe and interviews with programme leads during the pandemic, this...

Blog

Adopting Innovation: investing in skills at the NHS front line

Blog

Adopting innovation is a hot topic for health care providers this year. How can we seize the...

Newsletter blog

Top-down clarity, bottom-up agency: fading freedoms or here to stay?

Newsletter blog

Penny Pereira and Ruth Thorlby look at what factors have enabled new levels of ingenuity in...

Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101 copy

Get social

RT @Gummifot: I’m excited to share the results from a study I’ve been working on as part of the #ImprovementAnalytics Unit at @HealthFdn. I…

Follow us on Twitter
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