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.

Sustainable improvement: growing a greener NHS

Newsletter feature
28 October 2021

How does the improvement work we fund contribute to achieving NHS net zero? 

Webinar: NHS recovery – how do we ‘build back better’?

Thursday 21 October 2021, 9.00-10.15

A panel discussion exploring the extent of the backlog facing the NHS in the recovery period and how we should approach it to avoid mistakes of the past, maximise opportunities and ‘build back better’...

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Agility: the missing ingredient for NHS productivity

Long read

Which improvement approaches have the potential to increase productivity in the NHS? Tim Horton, Anita Mehay and Will Warburton look at what is needed to put these approaches into practice.

A complex patchwork of programmes

4 October 2021

The Health Foundation’s Improvement team share some findings from their mapping of the health care technology and innovation landscape.

Green shoots: creating the conditions for health care innovation to flourish

14 September 2021

How will the four new Adopting Innovation hubs cultivate the optimal environment for change to be implemented effectively, efficiently and sustainably? Laura Semple and Richard Stubbs share their reas...

The consequences of chronic pain in mid-life

Journal article
1 September 2021

Literature Review. David G. Blanchflower and  Alex Bryson have produced a Quantitative Social Science Working Paper No. 21-28 on The Consequences of Chronic Pain in Mid-Life    

Determining the skills needed by frontline NHS staff to deliver quality improvement

Journal article
11 August 2021

Skills needed by NHS staff to drive improvement of care.

ITT: Evaluation of the Adopting Innovation programme

Invitation to tender
9 July 2021

We are seeking an evaluation partner to undertake an evaluation of our Adopting Innovation programme.

Webinar: Tech and NHS recovery – what you should know

25 June 2021

How can technological innovation help speed the recovery of the NHS and sustain high quality care in the post-pandemic period?

Four innovation hubs to be established as part of the Health Foundation’s programme to improve the adoption of health care improvements

23 June 2021

Four areas have been selected to be part of a new programme supporting health care providers to create the conditions that will enable faster and more effective uptake of innovations and improvements.

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