Useful publications and resources on quality improvement We have worked in quality improvement for over 15 years, and have produced a number of reports and toolkits to help inform practice and policy


We aim to share best practice and knowledge on quality improvement, from how to spread new ideas to developing approaches to evaluation.

Key publications

Learning report

The improvement journey

May 2019

A learning report explaining why improvement in health care matters, and how to get started in your...

Research report

Quality improvement in general practice: what do GPs and practice managers think?

December 2019

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

Research report

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

August 2019

Our new report explores the ways in which NHS organisations act as anchor institutions, and their...

Research report

The spread challenge

September 2018

This report shines a light on the challenges facing the NHS in improving the uptake of new ideas and...

Quick guides

Quick guide

Quality improvement made simple

August 2013

This guide focuses on one important element of the quality agenda: quality improvement. It looks in...

Quick guide

Using communications approaches to spread improvement

March 2015

The guide is for those actively engaged in health care improvement work and introduces key concepts...

Quick guide

Evaluation: what to consider

March 2015

This guide is intended to assist those new to evaluation by suggesting methodological and practical...

Journal articles


Published research on quality improvement

Research and analysis from, and funded by, the Health Foundation has been published in a range of...

Journal article

The problem with Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles

Introduction Quality improvement (QI) methods have been introduced to healthcare to support the...

Journal article

Systematic review of the application of the plan–do–study–act method to improve quality in healthcare

Background: Plan–do–study–act (PDSA) cycles provide a structure for iterative testing of changes to...

Our work with BMJ


BMJ Quality & Safety

A leading international journal, co-owned by the Health Foundation and BMJ Group, providing insights...


BMJ Quality Improvement series

A joint series of papers exploring how to improve the quality of health care delivery, produced by...

Research report

BMJ Quality & Safety: a collection of key articles

April 2014

This is a special collection of the best articles published in BMJ Quality & Safety in 2013.

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