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
Research report

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

Perspectives of paediatric hospital staff on factors influencing the sustainability and spread of a safety quality improvement programme

Journal article
22 March 2021

Hospital staff perspectives on sustainability and and safety of quality improvement programmes in paediatric care.

30 projects selected for funding through Q Exchange, the Q community’s collaborative grant programme

22 January 2021

30 projects have been selected for funding through Q Exchange, the Q community’s collaborative grant programme.

After the COVID storm: Where next for the NHS?

22 December 2020

Episode 3. What is the long-term path for the NHS when the emergency phase of COVID is over? 

Improving flow along care pathways

Learning report
November 2020

Based on a report by RAND Europe and interviews with programme leads during the pandemic, this report highlights learnings from the UK-wide Flow Coaching Academy programme.

Adopting Innovation: investing in skills at the NHS front line

20 October 2020

Adopting innovation is a hot topic for health care providers this year. How can we seize the opportunity to increase capability for NHS organisations to be effective adopters of innovation for the lon...

Ten innovative projects selected to be part of programme to improve analytical capability in health and care services

17 September 2020

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

An open-source suite to enable and advance analyst engagement in Population Health Management

Improvement project

This project aims to help NHS organisations be self-sufficient when it comes to exploring components of Population Health Management such as population segmentation and risk stratification. Will produ...

Safety of maternity services in England

Consultation response
September 2020

The Health Foundation response to the Health and Social Care Committee on improving maternity safety in England. 

Supporting staff wellbeing during COVID-19: a Northumbrian experience

5 August 2020

Annie Laverty, Chief Experience Officer at Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust, offers her reflections on engaging with NHS staff meaningfully during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bringing an improvement mindset to COVID-19

Newsletter feature
30 July 2020

Dominique Allwood is Assistant Director of Improvement at the Health Foundation, and was recently seconded to lead quality and learning work at the NHS Nightingale Hospital, London.

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The Q community

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

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