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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

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

New multi-nation initiative to improve care and outcomes for patients with asthma and COPD confirmed

A new national clinical audit programme designed to improve the quality of care and outcomes for patients with asthma and COPD has been commissioned.

National Audit Office

Reducing emergency admissions

The report examines progress that the Department of Health & Social Care, NHS England, NHS Improvement and other stakeholders are making in reducing the impact of emergency admissions on acute hospitals. The report takes a whole-system approach, and looks at action across acute, primary, community and social care systems.

NHS Benchmarking Network

Results of the national audit of intermediate care

This audit supported by NHS England, highlights key progress in intermediate care with more than 91% of service users maintaining or reducing their dependency across all services plus reduced average wait times.

Northern Ireland Audit Office

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention and Care

The number of people diagnosed with diabetes in Northern Ireland has increased by 71 per cent from 51,500 in 2004-05 to 88,300 in 2015-16 (5.7 per cent of the adult population). This report highlights that progress in implementing a strategic framework for Type 2 diabetes care in Northern Ireland has been very slow

Guidance, innovation and tools

Action on hearing loss

Supporting older people with hearing loss in care settings: a guide for managers and staff

A hearing loss charity has produced a guide for care home managers to improve support for older people with hearing loss.

BBC Health

Prostate test breakthrough

The NHS plans to cut prostate cancer diagnosis times from six weeks to a matter of days.

BBC Health

Alzheimer’s researchers win brain prize

Four dementia scientists have shared this year's 1m Euro brain prize for pivotal work that has changed our understanding of Alzheimer's disease.

Diabetes UK

Improving care for people with diabetes and a learning disability

This set of resources and tools aims to support providers and services to improve care for people with diabetes and a learning disability.

Health Foundation

Two projects aiming to relieve pressure on busy services

Two projects, supported through an Innovating for Improvement programme, have been testing new approaches to help provide more responsive care to patients and relieve pressure on services, pressures which often become most visible and acute during winter.

Practice examples and case studies

King’s Fund

Tackling multiple unhealthy risk factors

This report shares learning and insight from services that are using innovative ways to address the problem of multiple unhealthy risk factors in their populations. It draws on interviews and information from eight case studies in local authorities and the NHS and updates the evidence base on tackling multiple unhealthy risk factors.

National Institute for Health Research

“Why I eat, sleep and breathe research”

Helena Walsh is an enthusiastic advocate for research. Working both as a voluntary Patient Research Ambassador in Essex, and as Senior Portfolio Officer for the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) in North Thames.


Discussing prostate cancer out in the open

Charles Frost tells us about some of the issues men face when coming to terms with prostate cancer.

NHS Improvement

Seven day hospital services: therapy service provision

Sally Dando, head of therapies at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust describes the barriers and opportunities in delivering the seven day hospital services.

Pediatric Quality & Safety

A quality improvement for paediatric sepsis: lessons learned

Sepsis is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in children worldwide. Barriers exist for timely recognition and management in emergency care settings. This 1-year quality improvement collaborative sought to reduce mortality from sepsis.

Reports, commentary and statistics

Action on Smoking and Health

New study suggests two-way association between experimenting with e-cigarettes and experimenting with smoking among young people

Researchers found that having tried smoking or e-cigarettes made it more likely that young people would try the other product, although most had tried smoking before they tried e-cigarettes.

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Breast Cancer

A Mixed Picture: An Inquiry into Geographical Inequalities and Breast Cancer

People with breast cancer in England are experiencing differences in their diagnosis, treatment and care based on where they live, rather than their clinical need.

Care Quality Commission

Monitoring the Mental Health Act in 2016/17

This annual report concludes that mental health services are not doing enough to ensure that people whose liberty has been restricted under the Mental Health Act are able to exercise their rights and that this situation is not improving.

Department of Health and Social Care

Cost effectiveness methodology for vaccination programmes

A long-awaited report into how the government makes decisions about which vaccines to fund has been published. It follows calls for greater transparency about why a vaccine to protect children against meningitis B was not made more widely available.

Department of Health and Social Care

Having a child through surrogacy

Information for intended parents, surrogates and health professionals about the surrogacy process in England and Wales.

Department of Health and Social Care

Annual report of the Chief Medical Officer 2017

The Chief Medical Officer’s annual report for 2017 presents evidence and debate around pollution, including pollution caused by health care, pollution and health inequalities, new pollution issues, and measurement and communication of risks.


Diabetes diagnoses have more than doubled in 20 years, UK analysis suggests

A new analysis, compiled by the charity Diabetes UK, appears to show that the number of diagnoses has shot up since 1998, at which point it is estimated 1.8 million over 16s were diagnosed with diabetes.

HSC Public Health Agency

Diabetic eye screening programme (4 leaflets and 2 flyers)

Diabetic retinopathy occurs when diabetes damages the small blood vessels in the part of the eye called the retina. These blood vessels can become blocked or leaky, affecting how the retina works. Sometimes abnormal new blood vessels grow, which are weak and can bleed easily.

Institute of Alcohol Studies

The rising affordability of alcohol

This research compares affordability of alcohol in the off- supermarkets and off-licences to pubs, bars, hotels and restaurants and shows a dramatic increase in affordability of shop-bought beer.

King’s Fund

Tackling multiple unhealthy risk factors: emerging lessons from practice

This report shares learning and insight from services that are using innovative ways to address the problem of multiple unhealthy behaviours - tobacco use, alcohol consumption, diet and physical activity - in the population.

NHS Digital

Latest experimental statistics about female genital mutilation

New official figures published provide experimental statistics on female genital mutilation (FGM) in England, from October 2017 to December 2017.

Public Health England

Feasibility study: developing the capability for population surveillance using indicators of child development outcomes aged 2 to 2 and a half years

This report sets out how national child development outcome indicators can be developed to enable population surveillance of child development.

Public Health England

Ambition for action

This report sets out the evidence on children’s calorie consumption and the details of the calorie reduction programme. The reports sets out the overall ambition and structure of the programme; the food categories included; suggested mechanisms for action timeline and the next steps for PHE

University of Sheffield.

'ODESSA: Optimising care delivery models to support ageing-in-place

This report brings together international research findings on current long-term care delivery models for older people and assesses the key factors that allow them to live independently for longer.

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