Improvement in general practice

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Over the last decade, almost 1 in 10 general practices have taken part in an improvement project supported by the Health Foundation.

We have also funded research projects focusing on general practice, while a number of our Fellows come from general practice backgrounds.

Take a look at the following resources, projects, and Fellow pages to learn more about embedding quality improvement in general practice.

Quick guide

Quality improvement made simple

This guide focuses on one important element of the quality agenda: quality improvement. It looks in particular at what are kn...

Featured improvement projects


Increasing Continuity of Care in General Practice

This programme has offered five GP practices and federations up to £250,000 to fund targeted quality improvement work to incr...

Improvement project

Scale up, replication and licensing of the PINCER intervention

This project is scaling up and spreading a proven pharmacist-led intervention to reduce common medication errors in general p...

Improvement project

CES: Clinical Effectiveness Southwark

This project aims to improve outcomes for patients within primary care in the London Borough of Southwark by making the right...

Improvement project

West End Wellbeing: a place-based multidisciplinary approach to meeting needs in Newcastle’s West End

This project is aiming to enable staff and organisations to work together in a multidisciplinary way to better meet the needs...

Improvement project

Using live operational data and improvement science to help primary care teams deliver better patient care: the Tower Hamlets EQUIP programme

This project aims to help GP practices work smarter using existing resources, supplemented by live operational data and coach...

Improvement project

Live Well coaches in primary care

This project aimed to scale up and coordinate access to social and healthy behaviour change support.

Further projects

Find out about other improvement projects in general practice funded by the Health Foundation.

Featured research projects

Research project

The Future of Healthcare

This project looks at the automation of work in general practice surgeries.

Research project

Translating Improvement Skills

Exploring the translation of improvement skills and knowledge gained through training, into action on the front line Led by P...

Related publications


Sharing to improve

This briefing introduces approaches to collaborative data sharing that enable improvement in the quality of care.


Reducing hospital admissions by improving continuity of care in general practice

This briefing summarises research that analysed data from over 230,000 anonymised patient records for older people aged 62 - ...


Indicators of quality of care in general practices in England

The Health Foundation has undertaken an independent review of indicators of the quality of care provided by general practices...

Evidence scan

Improving quality in general practice

This evidence scan was initially commissioned to inform attendees at the National Summit on Quality in General Practice on 31...

Research report

Involving primary care clinicians in quality improvement

This is the report of an independent evaluation of our Engaging with Quality in Primary Care (EwQPC) improvement programme.

Health Foundation Alumni

Below is a list of general practice professionals who have undertaken a fellowship programme with the Health Foundation. Find out about their work and how you may be able to contact them.

Anoop Dhesi, Generation Q Fellow

Bola Owolabi, Generation Q Fellow

Nicola Kemp,  Generation Q Fellow

Mike Jones,  Generation Q Fellow

William Dawson,  Generation Q Fellow

Tim Lyttle,  Generation Q Fellow

Phil Garnett,  Generation Q Fellow

Joanne Medhurst,  Generation Q Fellow

Joanna Bircher,  Generation Q Fellow

David Julien, Generation Q Fellow

Rishabh Prasad,  Generation Q Fellow

Mark Hayes,  Generation Q Fellow

Pete Chamberlain, Quality Improvement Fellow

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The Q Community

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

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