Quick guides

Essential information about key topics, drawing on Health Foundation projects and research

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Our popular quick guides offer an overview of a topic, or distill lessons from our research and work with others to help people put them into practice.

Browse the latest guides below.

How can businesses contribute to people’s health?

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November 2018

Read our guide, produced with Blueprint for Better Business, exploring how businesses can have a positive impact on the health of society.

What makes us healthy?

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March 2018

This guide explores how a person’s opportunity for health is influenced by factors outside the health and social care system.

Communicating your research - a toolkit

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June 2017

This toolkit is for researchers to help increase influence and impact in health and health care.

A practical guide to self-management support

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December 2015

This guide provides an overview of self-management support and the key components for effective implementation.

Communications in health care improvement - a toolkit

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May 2015

A toolkit for professionals who want to use communications to better plan, implement and spread their health improvement work.

Evaluation: what to consider

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March 2015

This guide is intended to assist those new to evaluation by suggesting methodological and practical considerations and providing resources to support further learning

Using communications approaches to spread improvement

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March 2015

The guide is for those actively engaged in health care improvement work and introduces key concepts about spreading ideas, and examines the evidence about the role communications can play

Person-centred care made simple

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October 2014

This guide is a quick overview of person-centred care, offering a clear explanation of the principles, why it is important, how it has developed, and some examples to help those considering putting pe...

A framework for measuring and monitoring safety

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April 2014

This guide aims to support NHS organisations to apply a framework for measuring and monitoring safety.

Quality improvement made simple

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August 2013

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.

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