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Quality improvement

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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.

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Care Quality Commission

CQC’s first round of adult social care and GP practice inspections completed

The CQC has completed a comprehensive programme of inspecting all adult social care services and GP practices in England that were registered before 1 October 2014.

Department of Health

Recovering the cost of NHS treatments given to overseas visitors

New regulations requiring all hospitals to check upfront whether patients are eligible for free NHS treatment will be in place under plans to recover the cost of health treatments provided to patients not ordinarily resident in the UK.

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

Guide to managing ethical issues in quality improvement or clinical audit projects

This guide is intended to help those responsible to review and develop arrangements for the effective ethics oversight of QI and clinical audit activities, as required. The content in the guide is derived from an extensive search and review of published literature on ethics and QI or clinical audit carried out by Healthcare Quality Quest.

National Audit Office

Health and social care integration

This report warns that progress with integration of health and social care has, to date, been slower and less successful than envisaged and has not delivered all of the expected benefits for patients, the NHS or local authorities. As a result, the government’s plan for integrated health and social care services across England by 2020 is at significant risk.

NHS Digital

Report shows variations in diabetes care

The National diabetes audit 2015/16 published by NHS Digital found wide variation in numbers of patients with type 1 diabetes achieving treatment targets recommended by NICE. Depending on where they live, the percentage for glucose control, blood pressure and cholesterol varied from 11% to 34%.

NHS Benchmarking

National Audit of Intermediate Care (NAIC) 2017

Registration for the National Audit of Intermediate Care 2017 is now open. Intermediate care services are key to reducing the financial, quality and activity pressures being experienced in secondary care and the care service sector.

Reports, commentary and statistics

All Party Parliamentary Group on Smoking and Health

Reducing tobacco-driven harm and inequality.

The all-party parliamentary group on smoking and health has published recommendations to the government, local authorities and the NHS to help further reduce smoking prevalence.

Centre for Mental Health

Fatherhood: the impact of fathers on children’s mental health

This briefing explores the research available on this topic and highlights the distinct role fathers can play in nurturing good mental health in their children.

Department of Health

Overseas visitor and migrant NHS cost recovery programme: formative evaluation - final report.

New regulations requiring all hospitals to check upfront whether patients are eligible for free NHS treatment will be in place under plans to recover the cost of health treatments provided to patients not ordinarily resident in the UK.

Health Foundation

Reducing hospital admissions by improving continuity of care in general practice

Continuity of care is an aspect of general practice valued by patients and GPs alike. However, it seems to be in decline in England. This analysis looks at the link between continuity of care and hospital admissions for older patients in England.

Health Foundation

Healthy lives for people in the UK

The greatest influences on people's health and wellbeing come from outside health care. During 2017 the Health Foundation will begin implementing a long-term strategy to improve people's health in the UK. This document introduces eight key themes that underpin the strategy.

King's Fund

What is social prescribing?

Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services. This briefing looks at whether social prescribing works and how it fits in with wider health and care policy.

King’s Fund

How can GPs provide rapid access alongside long-term continuity of care?

This blog looks at the pressures that GPs face in the current climate in the NHS in the context of GP opening hours.

London Assembly

LGBT+ mental health

This report explores the health inequalities that LGBT+ people face in accessing mental health services and terms of mental ill health prevalence.

NHS England

NHS England launches new measures to help GPs and patients access the care they need

A nationally funded service has opened to support GPs and GP trainees suffering mental ill-health and addiction. Meanwhile 11 areas have been chosen to pilot new ways of retaining GPs who are considering leaving the profession so their skills can continue benefitting patients.


Childline contacted every 11 minutes about mental health problems

There were over 50,000 counselling sessions with children and young people worried about mental health problems related to suicidal feelings, self-harm, mental health or depressive disorders last year.


NICE seeks to support new mothers with mental health problems

NICE is calling on general practice staff to assess the mental health of all women who have recently given birth, as fears some may be left unsupported.

Nuffield Trust

What's behind delayed transfers of care?

This briefing explores what the data tells us about delayed transfers of care and dispels some myths about how to prevent them.

Public Health England

Producing modelled estimates of the size of the lesbian, gay and bisexual population of England

This work provides a population denominator for use in estimating health outcomes by sexual orientation. Being able to compare health outcomes between different population groups is important in assessing health inequality and inequity.

Royal College of Midwives

State of Maternity Services 2015

This annual report examines the statistics and figures around maternity services in order to identify emerging issues and trends. This year's report identifies a demographic change in both patients and workforce.

Royal College of Opthamologists

The way forward

The work found that increasing demand for hospital eye services is not being met and continues to grow – currently seeing nearly ten per cent of all outpatient appointments and performing six per cent of the surgery in the UK

Sustainable Development Unit

Sustainable development in the health and care system: health check 2017

This report is the first in a series of annual publications from the SDU looking at the progress of sustainable development across the health and care system. It finds that overall, organisations are cutting their carbon footprint and saving money through reducing energy use but having less success in addressing water use and the increased costs from waste disposal.

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