Quality improvement

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

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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.

Webinar: Spreading innovation and improvement in the NHS

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18 January 2019

Our webinar will expand upon the findings of our recent report 'The spread challenge'.

Tackling complex problems, together

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12 December 2018

A new collaboration between our Q Improvement Lab (Q Lab) and the mental health charity Mind, is exploring how care can be designed to best meet the health and wellbeing needs of people living with me...

Changing leadership culture, one conversation at a time

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3 December 2018

Will Warburton, Director of Improvement, explains why the next round of the GenerationQ Fellowship will be the last, and how the learning from the programme and our next steps can help address some of...

Can social franchising deliver impact at scale in health and care?

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2 January 2019

Martha Paren from Spring Impact explores the potential of social franchising to deliver impact at scale in health and care.

As pressure on services continues to build, performance falls against targets

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29 November 2018

Health Foundation response to NHS Improvement quarterly performance data

How can the NHS get better at supporting spread?

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30 October 2018

Professor Sir Mike Richards was England’s first National Cancer Director and later the Care Quality Commission's first Chief Inspector of Hospitals. We spoke to him about why spread is a challenge and...

Flow Coaching Academies: A new approach to spreading innovation

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30 October 2018

We spoke to Tom Downes and Dominique Allwood about the Flow Coaching Academy approach. The model was developed in Sheffield and is being implemented at Imperial. Tom gives us the ‘innovator’ view and ...

Our journey towards social franchising

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29 October 2018

Alex Bax is Chief Executive of Pathway and Medina Johnson is Chief Executive of IRISi. Pathway and IRISi are participating in our Exploring Social Franchising programme.

Understanding the spread challenge

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29 October 2018

For several years now, the Health Foundation has supported teams to spread innovation and improvement through programmes like Closing the Gap and Scaling Up, with investment of over £26m in this area ...

Q: The journey so far

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October 2018

This report reflects the commitment of the Health Foundation and NHS Improvement to share progress and learning from the Q initiative as it develops.

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The Q Community

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

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