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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

Department of Health

New proposal to expand the scope of performance assessments of providers regulated by the Care Quality Commission

The Department of Health proposes to amend the Care Quality Commission (Reviews and Performance Assessments) Regulations 2014 so that the CQC has a duty to rate all providers of regulated activities, except for some specific registered service providers or regulated activities.

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

National Lung Cancer Audit 2016: Key findings for patients and carers

This booklet, the first from the NLCS aimed at patients and carers specifically looks at how the organisation performed in key areas of the patient pathway. It does not include information on the types of treatment or drugs available to lung cancer patients.

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

National audit of breast cancer in older patients - 2017 annual report for public and patients

This report looks at what care and treatment women receive from the time of finding out they have breast cancer to the end of their treatment. The results consider women aged 70 and older and compare their care to women between 50 and 69, on particular

Guidance, innovation and tools

NHS England

Guides to help staff support people with access needs

These guides aim to support people with sight loss, hearing loss, autism or learning disabilities to help patients use GP services online such as book appointments, repeat their prescriptions and view medical records.

NHS England

Leading large scale change: a practical guide

This guide aims to support all those seeking to achieve transformational change in complex health and care environments. The guide has been informed by the learning and lived experience of system leaders who have strived for sustainable transformational change.

Public Health England

Everybody active, every day: a framework to embed physical activity into daily life

This framework provides a national, evidence-based approach to support all sectors to embed physical activity into the fabric of daily life and make it an easy, cost-effective and normalised choice in every community in England.

Public Health England

Flu immunisation for social care staff

This leaflet is aimed at social care providers and gives details on the benefits of providing staff flu vaccination and options for providing the service to increase uptake of the vaccine.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Responsible Pharmacist toolkit

Toolkit includes information on the law, what being the Responsible Pharmacist (RP) involves, securing safe and effective running of the pharmacy, displaying the notice, completing the pharmacy record, implementing pharmacy procedures, absence, and which activities require an RP.

Practice examples and case studies

American Hospital Association

Hospital-community partnerships to build a culture of health: a compendium of case studies

This compendium brings together case studies from across the U.S. that describe how community partnerships have made improvements in addressing priority health needs within the local area.

Care Quality Commission

Equally outstanding: equality and human rights – good practice resource

This guidance aims to help providers put equality and human rights at the heart of their improvement work so that the quality of care gets better for everyone. It contains case studies and identifies nine common success factors.

Reports, commentary and statistics

Institute for Fiscal Studies

Under pressure? NHS maternity services in England

NHS Maternity Units are more likely to close towards the end of the week and during holiday periods, pointing to staff availability as a source of pressure.

King’s Fund

NHS funding and privatisation: the facts

The involvement of the private sector in the NHS is a hotly contested topic. Private companies have always played a role in the NHS, but critics claim that their increasing involvement is evidence of growing privatisation of care and is undermining the service’s core values.

King’s Fund

Does the NHS need more money?

In recent years, spending on the NHS has been protected while other budgets have been subject to significant cuts. Despite this, health services are facing unprecedented financial and operational pressures, with many NHS organisations in deficit and key performance standards being missed.

NHS England

Leading large scale change: a practical guide

This 2011 publication has been updated to reflect today’s unique health and care landscape and challenges. It contains a round-up of all the latest thinking and practical approaches and tools that can be used in advancing large scale change programmes.

Nuffield Trust

Primary care home: evaluating a new model of primary care

This report looks at how sites can make early progress with implementing and evaluating their local primary care home models, examines what might stand in the way of change and offers a number of broader lessons for the NHS as a whole.

Nuffield Trust

The bottom line: understanding the NHS deficit and why it won’t go away

The analysis finds that NHS trusts ended last year with an underlying overspend almost £3 billion more than was reported in their official accounts. It warns that even if trusts continue to make savings, underlying deficits will remain until 2020/21.

Public Health England

Physical inactivity levels in adults aged 40 to 60 in England

This publication presents data to support the Public Health England OneYou Active 10 campaign. It includes data on brisk walking levels and physical inactivity in people aged between 40 and 60 in England from 2015 to 2016.

Public Health England

Cancer in the West Midlands

The aim of this report is to equip care providers and policy makers with an insight into the burden of cancer, as well as providing an overview of the extent of the identified risk factors, across the West Midlands population.

Public Health England

Pharmacy: a way forward for public health - opportunities for action through pharmacy for public health

This guidance sets out a range of opportunities for pharmacy teams working in communities, and through their daily interactions with patients and the public, to play an important role in protecting and improving the health of the nation.

Public Health England

New approach to preventing heart attacks and strokes

The NHS and Public Health England have announced a new drive to save thousands of lives by preventing heart attacks and strokes brought on by cardiovascular disease (CVD).

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

The pharmacy contribution to antimicrobial stewardship

The recommendations in this policy have been produced in order to contribute to wider efforts in meeting the challenge set by the government in 2016 of reducing inappropriate antibiotic prescribing by 50 per cent by 2020.

Royal Society for Public Health

Size matters: the impact of upselling on weight gain

This research highlights that the average person consumes an additional 330 calories each week because of businesses upselling high calorie food and drink. Over the course of the year that could result in an estimated weight gain of 5lbs.

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Moving between hospital and home, including care homes

The latest quick guide from SCIE and NICE provides a brief overview of how managers can work with hospitals and other services to ensure a good experience of transition for the people in their care.

World Health Organization

On the road to Health 2020 policy targets: monitoring qualitative indicators – an update

This report shows an overall improvement in the implementation of Health 2020 values and principles in the countries of the WHO European Region. Between 2010 and 2016, the share of responding countries that had policies addressing inequalities increased from 88 per cent to 98 per cent.

World Health Organization

Noncommunicable diseases progress monitor 2017

This report outlines progress made against globally agreed targets to control long-term conditions and chronic diseases. It finds that whilst the United Kingdom has fully achieved on many targets in relation to smoking and unhealthy diets, there is still progress to be made on reduction measures on harmful use of alcohol.

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