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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

Care Quality Commission

The state of care in independent acute hospitals

This report finds that majority of independent hospitals in England are providing high-quality care for their patients. While the report highlights many examples of good care, it also shows variation in quality and clear scope for improvement, with 30 per cent of hospitals rated as 'requires improvement'. Safety was where CQC had the greatest concerns.

Care Quality Commission

The state of care in independent online primary health services

This publication presents findings from the CQC’s programme of inspections of primary health care services provided online in the independent sector, such as those that provide GP consultations and prescriptions through websites and apps.

NHS Providers

The changing nature of regulation in the NHS

This report outlines the findings from a survey of NHS trust leaders' experiences of regulation and their views on the future of regulation. It finds that trusts are concerned that the regulatory framework is not keeping pace with the developments taking place on the ground.

Guidance, innovation and tools

Local Government Association

Integrated commissioning for better outcomes: a commissioning framework

This practical tool, the result of a joint project with NHS Clinical Commissioners, updates the Commissioning for better outcomes framework 2015 to better reflect the changing commissioning landscape. The resource consists of a commissioning framework and commissioning standards that support continuous improvement.

Royal College of Physicians

Less waste, more health: a health professional's guide to reducing waste

Health professionals can positively influence societal health and wellbeing by making simple changes to the procurement and disposal of medical supplies. It features a range of case studies and 12 recommendations setting out how everyone in the NHS can positively influence the health of patients; aid financial savings; and shape the impact of the NHS on the environment.

Practice examples and case studies

Professional Record Standards Body

Matthew's story shows why digital care plans are so important

Matthew Prosser’s story shows how digitalised care and support plans could change the future of care for people living with long-term health and care needs.

Care Quality Commission

Driving improvement: Case studies from seven mental health NHS trusts

What does it take to raise standards in a mental health trust? How can a trust that requires improvement become good or outstanding? To help answer those questions the CQC visited seven NHS mental health trusts that had achieved significant improvements in their ratings.

Reports, commentary and statistics

Department of Health and Social Care

New support to help children living with alcohol-dependent parents

New plans have been announced that will help identify at-risk children more quickly, and provide them with rapid access to support and advice. It is designed to help an estimated 200,000 children in England living with alcohol-dependent parents.

House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

Genomics and genome editing in the NHS

This report suggests that deployment of the UK’s world-leading genomics capabilities in the NHS is being held back by NHS digital infrastructure delays and reduced training budgets, and risks losing public support due to low public awareness of the benefits on offer

HSC Public Health Agency

A picture of health

This report outlines the key findings of the recent health needs assessment carried out across Northern Ireland. The aim of the study was to provide baseline information on the health needs, barriers to accessing current services, and the care pathways that exist for those experiencing homelessness across NI.

King’s Fund

Developing new models of care in the PACS vanguards

The primary and acute care system (PACS) model is an attempt to bring about closer working between GPs, hospitals, community health professionals, social care and others. This report offers a unique set of first-hand perspectives into the experience of those leading a major programme at the national level and those living it at the local level.

Nuffield Trust

Us and them: the impact of prejudice on prisoners’ health care

Miranda Davies looks at people’s perceptions of life in prison and the impact any prejudice might have on prisoners’ health care – many of whom will have different needs.

Scottish Government

Veterans' Health & Wellbeing - A Distinctive Scottish Approach

This report looks at the current provision of health and social care for veterans in Scotland. It provides an assessment of where things currently stand and what the future might hold, alongside findings and recommendations aimed at the Scottish Government, NHS Scotland and their partners.

Terrence Higgins Trust

Invisible no longer: women and HIV

This report outlines the findings of a study which aimed to explore the needs and experiences of women affected by HIV. It calls for improved opportunities for women living with HIV to participate in local service design and to reach senior HIV policy-making positions at a local and national level.

UK Green Building Council

Healthy housebuilding

The design of a home and its community is a key contributor to the health and wellbeing of the people who live there. This briefing note summarises the key issues in housebuilding that impact on health and includes policy recommendations.

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