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...

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...

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.

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...

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