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.

Improving continuity of care in general practice: four lessons from the frontline

12 November 2019

How can general practices balance continuity of care with the need to see a GP promptly? Angus Wiltshire explores four early findings from the Increasing Continuity of Care in General Practice program...

The measurement maze

November 2019

Our briefing suggests there's potential to make better use of quality measurement to improve quality of care.

Making time to talk: the challenge of spreading knowledge

26 September 2019

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

On the front line of quality improvement in Manchester: flashing lights, focused funding and forming habits

27 August 2019

Will Warburton reflects on what he learnt from his recent visit to front-line improvement practitioners in Manchester.

The NHS should contribute more to the prosperity of local communities

Press release
14 August 2019

New report argues that the NHS could make a greater contribution to improving the socioeconomic conditions for people in the local areas in which it operates.

Building healthier communities: the role of the NHS as an anchor institution

Research report
August 2019

Our new report explores the ways in which NHS organisations act as anchor institutions, and their potential to positively influence the health of local communities, beyond providing clinical care.

Health Foundation to fund 10 innovative projects aiming to improve analytical capability in health and care services

31 July 2019

This programme aims to improve analytical capability in support of health and care services.

Optimising complex care pathways for inflammatory rheumatic disease using a practical simulation tool

Improvement project

This project will involve developing a user-friendly, web-based simulation tool that combines epidemiological data with local care pathway information to model the effect of system changes.

Improving lesion recognition using routinely collected endoscopic and pathology data

Improvement project

This project will involve developing a framework that allows data linkage between routinely collected endoscopy and pathology reports for individual endoscopists, with suggestions for improvement in e...

A multidisciplinary analytics action learning set to improve GP appointment systems using discrete event simulation

Improvement project

This project will build analytical capacity in discrete event simulation (DES) in the GP setting, involving a case study site in the West Midlands, an applied skills development programme for analysts...

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