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Quality improvement

Quality improvement processes and techniques

Highlighting developments in quality improvement.

Learn more about developments in quality improvement through content giving practice examples, describing tools, learning through innovation and case studies, commentary and statistics.

Guidance, innovation and tools

Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA)

NHS efficiency map

The HFMA and NHS Improvement have worked in partnership to update and revise the NHS efficiency map. The map is a tool that promotes best practice in identifying, delivering and monitoring cost improvement programmes (CIPs) in the NHS. The map contains links to a range of tools and guidance to help NHS bodies improve their efficiency.

National Institute for Health Research

Join dementia research toolkit

A new online toolkit for healthcare professionals has recently been launched, to help NHS services integrate Join Dementia Research into their core pathways.

NHS Employers

16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence

Public Health England and the Corporate Alliance against Domestic Violence have launched its 16 Days of Action Against Domestic Violence campaign, which runs from 25 November to 10 December 2016. The campaign is aimed at employers, to help them deal with the large-scale problem that is domestic violence.

NHS National Institute for Health Research

The ‘nose in a dish’ lab model that could help drug development

Researchers based at NIHR Southampton Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) have developed a model that mimics the lining of the nose to help them develop and test new drugs. The innovation provides a close replica of activity within the nasal cavity for quick and safe initial analysis of nasal sprays and other treatments for respiratory infections, which often start in the nose and travel down into the lungs.

Northern Ireland Public Health Agency

Stay Well This Winter resources

Produced as part of the ‘Stay Well This Winter’ campaign, these resources encourage all eligible people to get the free seasonal flu vaccine, remind people to stay warm and order repeat prescriptions before Christmas, and visit their pharmacist if they start to feel unwell.

Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee (PSNC)

Quality Payments scheme resources now available

PSNC has published a number of resources to explain how the Quality Payments scheme will work and to assist community pharmacy contractors to engage successfully with it.

Royal College of Ophthalmologists

Common Clinical Competency Framework

A new Ophthalmology Common Clinical Competency Framework has been launched to provide standards of knowledge and skill required for non-medical eye healthcare professionals to deliver patient care. The traditional eye health care team has changed and continues to develop to meet the demands on the hospital eye service due to an increase in successful, but recurrent, treatments and the increase in chronic disease management due to the aging population in the UK.

Reports, commentary and statistics


Cities alive: towards a walking world

This report highlights the significant social, economic, environmental and political benefits of walking. It lists 40 actions that city leaders can consider to inform walking policy, strategy and design. These actions are informed by a catalogue of international case studies that will inspire action and further aid cities in identifying and evaluating opportunities.

BBC News

Scottish life expectancy 'still lowest in UK'

Life expectancy for Scottish men and women has continued to improve - but they still die younger on average than people anywhere else in the UK. Statistics from the National Records of Scotland put life expectancy at 77.1 years for baby boys born in the past three years, and 81.1 years for girls.

BBC News

Winter deaths 'halve to 24,000'

There were 24,300 excess deaths in England and Wales last winter - about half the number of the previous year. This means the number of extra deaths from December to March fell to traditional levels after the spike seen during the winter of 2014-15.

Cancer Research UK

UK’s pathology services at tipping point

UK’s pathology services at tipping point. Pathology services in the UK are struggling to cope with the increasing number of patient samples that need to be tested, according to a Cancer Research UK report.

Cancer Research UK

Cutting down: the reality of budget cuts to local tobacco control

This report outlines the results of a survey of tobacco control leads in local authorities in England. The report calls on public and local councillors to help protect smoking cessation services by urging the government to solve the public health funding crisis.

Cancer Research UK

135,000 alcohol-related cancer deaths predicted by 2035

Alcohol will cause around 135,000 cancer deaths over the next 20 years and will cost the NHS an estimated £2 billion in treatments, according to estimates from a report by Sheffield University.

Care Quality Commission (CQC)

CQC responds to latest statistics on detentions under the Mental Health Act

In response to the data, Dr Paul Lelliott, deputy chief inspector of hospitals (lead for mental health), said: “It is concerning to see that more people are being detained under the Mental Health Act than in previous years, when there is a national commitment to reduce this number.

Carers Trust

Older carers putting their health at risk to care for spouses and partners

Caring for their sick or disabled family is taking its toll on the health of the nation's elderly generation of carers. More than half of older carers looking after their husbands, wives and other family members, have put the person they care for first at the expense of their own health.

Future Hospital Journal

Does quality improvement improve quality?

Although quality improvement (QI) is frequently advocated as a way of addressing the problems with healthcare, evidence of its effectiveness has remained very mixed. This article considers these challenges and proposes four key ways in which QI might itself be improved.

Health Foundation

Realising the value: Ten key actions to put people and communities at the heart of health and wellbeing

This is the final report of the Realising the Value programme, an 18-month programme funded by NHS England and led by Nesta and the Health Foundation. The programme was set up to support the NHS Five Year Forward View vision to develop a new relationship with people and communities. The programme sought to enable the health and care system to support people to have the knowledge, skills and confidence to play an active role in managing their own health and to work with communities and their assets.

House of Commons Library

The financial sustainability of the NHS in England

This briefing provides background on the current funding settlement for the NHS in England, the financial and operational performance of the health service, and measures being taken to ensure its future sustainability, including Sustainability of Transformation Plans.

Howard League for Penal Reform

2016 becomes worst year ever recorded for suicides in prisons

2016 has been the worst year on record for prison suicides, according to a report from the Howard League, with 102 suicides recorded since the beginning of the year.


Implications of reductions to public spending for LGBT people and services

The study gives insights into whether, and in what ways, reductions in public spending have affected services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

NHS Clinical Commissioners

STP checklist for governance and engagement

This resource aims to support those delivering change within their Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) footprints to work through key governance and accountability challenges. The document sets out a series of questions that can be asked locally and within boards to support effective discussion and decision-making across a place.

NHS Digital

Prescribing costs in hospitals and the community

The report presents summary cost figures relating to medicine use through prescribing in hospitals and the community in England in 2015/16, which includes the estimated prescribing cost of prescriptions in millions of pounds from 2010/11 to 2015/16 for primary care prescribing dispensed in the community, hospital prescribing dispensed in the community and for medicines issued from hospital pharmacy departments.

NHS Employers

Latest sickness absence figures published

The latest figures released by NHS Digital show that NHS staff sickness absence has increased to 4.04 in July 2016, from 3.98 in July 2015. The data considers sickness absence rates and total days lost supplied by staff groups, Health Education England (HEE) regions and organisations.

NHS Health Scotland

Lone parents and welfare reform

The Scottish Public Health Observatory (ScotPHO), of which NHS Health Scotland is a partner, has today published two new papers exploring the potential impact of welfare reform on lone parents.

NHS National Institute for Health Research

New report highlights the benefits to the UK economy of clinical research

The independent report, commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network and produced by KPMG’s Economics team, provides an assessment of the economic impact of the NIHR Clinical Research Network’s activities to support clinical research in the UK.

Northern Ireland Department of Health

Quarterly waiting list statistics

The Waiting List Statistics Releases show detailed information on the number of people waiting for a first consultant-led outpatient appointment, a diagnostic test and inpatient or day case treatment at hospitals in the north of Ireland.

Public Health England

Use of antibiotics decreases across all healthcare settings for the first time

This report shows that for the first time fewer antibiotics are being prescribed by GPs and clinicians. A decline in the use of antibiotics has occurred across all healthcare settings, including in the community and hospitals. This is the first time a reduction has been seen in antibiotic use across the whole healthcare system.

Royal College of General Practitioners

Joining up care for older people with frailty

A new joint report from the Royal College of GPs and the British Geriatrics Society shows how GPs and geriatricians are collaborating to design and lead innovative schemes to improve the provision of integrated care for older people with frailty.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Frontline pharmacists: Making a difference for people with long term conditions

A report from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society argues that community pharmacists should be able to write routine prescriptions and make referrals for people with long-term conditions to ease demand pressures on GPs.

Royal Society for Public Health

Greater collaboration and recognition key to increasing pharmacy’s public health role

A new report published by RSPH and Public Health England, has identified a number of opportunities and challenges for community pharmacy teams to further support the public’s health. The report, based on research conducted in early 2016, provides a snapshot of the extent to which pharmacy teams are supporting the public’s health, the opportunities and challenges they may face and what can be done to address the challenges.

Scottish Government

Understanding the patterns of use, motives, and harms of New Psychoactive Substances in Scotland

This report presents the results of mixed methods research on New Psychoactive Substance use among vulnerable young people, people in contact with mental health services, people affected by homelessness, people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men.

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