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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.

Audit, reviews, legislation, inspections and regulation

British Medical Journal

Nursing home Facebook reviews: who has them and how do they relate to other measures of quality and experience?

This article aims to examine the relationship between Facebook user-generated NH ratings and other measures of NH satisfaction/experience and quality.

British Society for Heart Failure

National Heart Failure Audit

This audit has consistently shown that specialist cardiology input and the prescription of recommended treatments are associated with prolonged survival and better outcomes for heart failure patients.

Health Foundation

Scottish public health system- blog

“As we create a new system of public health in Scotland, attention on the public’s health will also increase. So we have an opportunity to make sure that the evidence on the impact of the spaces and places in which we live, work, learn and play has the prominence it needs – and that communities have the power to act on it.”

National Institute for Health Research

£5 million for new NHIR obesity policy research unit

The new unit will help evaluate the government’s Childhood Obesity Plan, as part of the next stage of the plan one year from its launch.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

National maternity and perinatal audit: organisational report 2017

This report finds that there have been improvements in maternity services with a large increase in midwife-led units co-located with obstetric units and increasing birthplace choice for pregnant women. However, it highlights concerns about variation in availability of staff, facilities and services.

Guidance, innovation and tools

Australian Commission

Essential elements for recognising and responding to deterioration in a person’s mental state

The Consensus Statement aligns with the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards (second edition) as recommended best practice.

Health Foundation

21 teams selected to put innovative ideas in to practice

The Health Foundation has selected 21 new projects to be part of the sixth round of its £1.5 million innovation programme, Innovating for Improvement.

NHS Improvement

Adult patient transfer checklist

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust has produced a checklist to ensure patient transfers comply with NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) regulations.


Cardiovascular disease guidelines

SIGN guideline 149: Risk estimation and the prevention of cardiovascular disease and SIGN guideline 150: Cardiac rehabilitation are part of a set of six coronary heart disease guidelines being updated by SIGN over the course of 2016–2018.

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Improving mental health support for young people in care

This resource aims to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health support for looked after children and young people, care leavers, those on Special Guardianship Orders and those who are adopted.

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Trusted assessors guidance

A new guide describes how local systems could implement trusted assessment to reduce, effectively and safely, the numbers and waiting times of people awaiting discharge from hospital.

Practice examples and case studies

NHS Employers

A journey to improved staff engagement.

Case study from London’s Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust describing how they significantly improved their staff engagement levels.

Reports, commentary and statistics

Alzheimer's Society

NHS Health Check 40-64 dementia pilot research findings

This report summarises the findings from a pilot project into the effectiveness of dementia risk reduction messaging in NHS Health Checks. It found that the pilot project showed promise in shifting public awareness and understanding of dementia risk.

Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care

Results of a national survey of support to adult care homes in England: a specialist palliative care provider perspective

This survey of organisations providing specialist palliative care services to care homes highlights the work they do and identifies the key challenges they face. The report examines the role of specialist palliative care in providing support to care homes in England.

Department of Health

Guidance on overseas visitors hospital charging regulations

Revised preparatory guidance for NHS bodies who need to make and recover hospital charges from overseas visitors.

Department of Health

UK Public Health Rapid Support Team (UK-PHRST) deploys to Sierra Leone

The UK-PHRST is deploying to Sierra Leone to help reduce the risk of a disease outbreak following the deadly landslides in Freetown.

Getting it Right First Time

National general report published

Changing general surgery procedures could improve care for patients and save the NHS millions.

Health Services Management Research

A qualitative study on the implementation of quality systems in Australian hospitals

Using document review, self-evaluation and qualitative data from interviews and focus groups of 270 board members, managers and staff explored the implementation of quality systems in eight Australian public hospitals.

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme (SSNAP): Thrombectomy Report for April 2016 - March 2017

The evidence base for using thrombectomy in treating ischaemic stroke has expanded over the past 2 years but the implications for implementation in routine clinical practice are still emerging.

King’s Fund

Reducing inequalities in health: towards a brave old world

Our latest analysis of the data on health inequalities in England finds that inequalities on all 15 targets have widened since the baseline measurement in 2010–2012.

NHS England

Plans to improve NHS Continuing Healthcare assessment processes

This letter outlines revised guidance in relation to NHS Continuing Healthcare assessments in order to promote a reduction in delayed transfers of care. CCGs will be required to review current assessment processes and ensure that the current procedures do not contribute to delays in transfer of care.

NHS England

Specialised services quality dashboards – mental health services

These Specialised Services Quality Dashboards (SSQD) are designed to provide assurance on the quality of care by collecting information about outcomes from healthcare providers. SSQDs are a key tool in monitoring the quality of services.

Public Health England

Next stage of world-leading childhood obesity plan announced

As set out in the plan, PHE will now consider the evidence on children’s calorie consumption and set the ambition for the calorie reduction programme to remove excess calories from the foods children consume the most.

Public Health England

£5 million investment for new obesity policy research unit

The Department of Health has announced £5 million of funding for a new obesity policy research unit at University College London. The new unit will look at the causes of childhood obesity and support delivery of the childhood obesity plan.

Royal College of General Practitioners

Position statement on children and young peoples' mental health

This intercollegiate statement outlines five principles to improve the care and support of children and young people (CYP) with mental health problems. The guidance highlights the need for a shared vision for CYP mental health across all professions and agencies.

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