Quality improvement Improving quality in health care is about making it safe, effective, patient-centred, timely, efficient and equitable


We think of quality improvement as a systematic approach that uses specific techniques to improve quality in health and health care.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

Research report

Quality improvement in general practice: what do GPs and practice managers think?

December 2019

Our research shows that most GPs and Practice Managers see quality improvement as a core aspect of...

How the NHS can use anchor strategies to build a healthy and sustainable post-COVID-19 recovery

22 June 2020

We look at how the NHS as an anchor institution has an essential role to play in recovering from the social and economic effects of COVID-19.

Three key quality considerations for remote consultations

4 June 2020

COVID-19 has led to the rapid roll-out of remote consultations in order to meet social distancing requirements. But what does this mean for quality objectives longer term?

Nine ways we’re supporting the health and care system during the pandemic

Newsletter feature
30 April 2020

At the Health Foundation we are mobilising support for the health and care system to help in as many ways as we can in the fight against COVID-19, with a flurry of new work taking place over the last ...

Three research projects selected to advance the use of audit and registry data to improve quality of care

28 April 2020

The Health Foundation has selected three original research projects as part of its open call for research that advances the development and use of data from national clinical audits and patient regist...

Improving acute cardiac care of patients with renal disease through linkage of national audits in the UK

Research project

Project aiming to improve acute cardiology care for people with reduced kidney function by investigating national variations in patient management, using analysis of linked data from NICOR and UKRR.

Predictive modelling of major trauma PROMs using machine learning

Research project

Project aiming to improve care for major trauma patients by quality assuring rehabilitation alongside acute care. Will link major trauma PROMs to national clinical audit data to enable the constructio...

Improving the QUALity and value of care for people with Poor Prognosis Cancers (I-qual-PPC)

Research project

A project aiming to improve care standards for people with poor prognosis cancers in Scotland, using real-world data from national and regional datasets along with patient- and carer-reported experien...

‘For a greener NHS’ campaign

Consultation response
April 2020

Health Foundation response to the NHS Net Zero Expert Panel consultation on how the NHS can continue to reduce its carbon emissions and become greener.     

My improvement journey: renal care

21 April 2020

Martin Wilkie reflects on his 10-year experience in renal care and explores quality improvement methodologies in the area.

Video consultations: how to set them up well, fast?

25 March 2020

Watch our webinar with Professor Trish Greenhalgh and see our resources on running successful video consultations.

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The Q community

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

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