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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.

Reports, commentary and statistics

British Lung Foundation

Estimating the economic burden of respiratory illness in the UK

This report finds that lung disease costs the economy £11 billion every year.

Department of Health

Domestic abuse: a resource for health professionals

This resource looks at how health professionals can support adults and young people over 16 who are experiencing domestic abuse, and dependent children in their households.

Department of Health

NHS prescription charges to go up from April 2017

The prescription charge will increase by 20 pence from £8.40 to £8.60 for each medicine or appliance dispensed.

Department of Health

Social work: essential to integration

This document should be used to support and inform local and regional health and social care integration initiatives.

Education Policy Institute

The performance of the NHS in England in transforming children’s mental health services

This report analyses data from NHS England’s new Mental Health Five Year Forward View Dashboard.

Health Foundation

The social care funding gap: implications for local health care reform

This briefing offers an analysis of the size of the gap in adult social care funding in England.

Health Policy

The effectiveness of payment for performance in health care

Pay for performance (P4P) incentive schemes are increasingly used world-wide to improve health system performance but results of evaluations vary considerably. A systematic analysis of this variation in the effects of P4P schemes is needed.

Healthcare Financial Management Association

NHS efficiency map

This map is a tool that promotes best practice in identifying, delivering and monitoring cost improvement programmes in the NHS. The map contains links to a range of tools and guidance to help NHS bodies improve their efficiency.

King's Fund

Understanding NHS financial pressures: how are they affecting patient care?

This report finds that access to and quality of care are both being affected in different ways across the NHS.

Local Government Association

Health and wellbeing in rural areas

Nearly 10 million people live in areas of England defined as rural. This number is increasing and the population is growing older. Their health is as important as the health of the 45 million who live in cities.

Local Government Information Unit

Paying for it: the human cost of cut-price care

This report looks at the home care market and the prices at which care is purchased across England. It warns that the care home market is currently unsustainable and that measures such as a minimum price for hourly home care is needed until a long-term funding solution is implemented.

NHS Providers

Mission impossible? The task for NHS providers in 2017/18

This analysis of NHS planning guidance finds that what is currently being asked of NHS trusts in the coming financial year is not deliverable in the context of lower funding increases for the NHS.

NHS Wales Informatics Service

Welsh in line with UK

Figures released for the first time show that stroke mortality rates and asthma hospital admissions are particularly encouraging for Wales. Wales also demonstrates improved performance in terms of patients surviving in hospital after admission following a heart attack.

Public Health England

Everybody active, every day: two years on

This report provides a progress update on the national physical activity framework for England.

Public Health England

Weight change in primary school age children

Analysis of data from the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) in 4 local authorities from 2006 to 2015.

Public Health England

Hepatitis C in the UK

The most recent national estimates suggest that around 214,000 individuals are chronically infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV) in the UK; 160,000 of these are in England.

Public Health England

GP in hours: weekly bulletins for 2017

Monitors the number of people who visit their GP during surgery hours.

Welsh Government

Have your say on the future of health and social care in Wales

Last year, the Welsh Government announced a major review to identify important issues facing the health and care services in Wales. The review will consider ways of meeting rising need for health and social care as well as public expectations about the services.

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