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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

BBC Health

FDA has approved a trackable pill

US regulators have approved the first pill that can be digitally tracked through the body.

National Maternity and Perinatal Audit

Clinical report 2017: based on births in NHS maternity services between 1st April 2015 and 31st March 2016

This report identifies areas of good practice and opportunities for improvement in the care of women and babies in maternity services across Britain. It finds that while the vast majority of women have a safe birth, variation exists in a number of clinical processes and outcomes in maternity care.

NHS Confederation

Taxpayers back tax increase to fund NHS

Taxpayers in England, Scotland and Wales are willing to pay more tax to help fund the NHS, according to research.

Guidance, innovation and tools

NHS England

NHS England strikes new deals to make two new innovative treatments available routinely on the NHS

NHS chief Simon Stevens has announced that NHS England has struck deals to make innovative treatments for Multiple Sclerosis and breast cancer routinely available on the NHS.

Public Health England

Movement into employment: return on investment tool

This interactive tool is aimed at local commissioners and helps to assess the health and financial benefits of moving an individual from worklessness into employment. The accompanying report explains how the tool was developed and the evidence base behind it.

Public Health England

Health matters: preventing infections and reducing antimicrobial resistance

This professional resource outlines the importance of infection prevention and control and how it can contribute to reducing antimicrobial resistance.

Public Health England

£600,000 funding of 12 projects by PHE to help prevent HIV

Through the HIV Prevention Innovation Fund, PHE is funding 12 projects to help develop new and innovative ways of preventing HIV.

World Health Organisation

Guidelines for the prevention and control of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, Acinetobacter baumannii and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in health care facilities

These bacteria are highly transmissible, difficult to treat, and can cause severe illness and death. The guidelines contain eight key recommendations.

Practice examples and case studies

Guardian Health

Views from the NHS frontline

"Understaffed wards are full of exhausted nurses; meanwhile cancer has changed and the NHS isn’t catching up with it". A blog from a cancer nurse of over 30 years.

NHS England

What does becoming a multispecialty community provider mean for GPs?

New models of care are destined to transform health and care for patients – but what does that mean for GPs in an area considering a new way of working and what impact does this have on patients and practice teams.

Reports, commentary and statistics

BMC Health services Research

Effect of having private health insurance on the use of health care services

Several stakeholders have undertaken initiatives to propose solutions towards a more sustainable health system and Spain, as an example of a European country affected by austerity measures, is looking for ways to cut healthcare budgets.

Care Quality Commission

State of Care. State of Care is an annual assessment of health and social care in England

The report looks at the trends, highlights examples of good and outstanding care, and identifies factors that maintain high-quality care.

House of Commons Library

Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Bill 2017-19

This briefing provides information on key provisions in a private members' bill which is seeking to make provision about the oversight and management of the use of force in relation to patients in mental health units.

Independent Age

Saving social care: a fair funding settlement for the future

This report estimates that a rise in National Insurance contributions by 1 per cent would immediately raise up to £5 billion towards social care funding. When compared with other options for filling the funding gap, it tested as the most progressive and politically achievable option.

Independent Age

Will the cap fit?

What the government should consider before introducing a cap on social care costs. According to analysis, 90 per cent of self-funders will not benefit if the cap on care costs, currently set at £72,000, is implemented. Set at this level, it will take a typical pensioner over six years to reach the cap, which is double the average life expectancy for someone in residential or nursing care.

King’s Fund

Embedding a culture of quality improvement

The report draws on a roundtable event attended by senior local and national NHS leaders, semi-structured interviews with NHS leaders and senior stakeholders involved in quality improvement initiatives, and a literature review.

King’s Fund

Quarterly monitoring report

Patient care deteriorating as NHS heads into winter on a knife edge. Performance against a number of key indicators is worse than at this time last year, and finances remain precarious despite an emergency funding injection.

King’s Fund

The Autumn Budget: joint statement on health and social care

This briefing calls on the government to recognise the immediate funding pressures facing the sector in 2018/19, which will see NHS funding growth fall to its lowest level in this parliament.

NHS Digital

Safeguarding adults annual report

A report presenting information about adult safeguarding enquiries. The report breaks down figures on enquiries by the type, location and source of risk, as well as the outcomes of the enquiries.

NHS Digital

Spontaneous labours in England fall as induced labours and caesareans rise

The proportion of pregnant women having a spontaneous labour has decreased over the past year from 57.4 per cent in 2015-16 to 55.1 per cent in 2016-17.

NHS Digital

Report shows decrease in cervical screening coverage in England

Cervical screening coverage2 for women eligible for testing has fallen by 0.7 percentage points in the last year, according to statistics published by NHS Digital.

Nuffield Trust

How will our future relationship with the EU shape the NHS?

This briefing looks in depth at five key areas where the deals the UK reaches – or fails to reach – as it leaves the European Union (EU) will impact health and social care in this country. For each one, it looks at the options, alternatives and workarounds that will be possible under different models of Brexit

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Healthy people, healthy planet.

This report was produced to inform the 2017 meeting of the G7 ministers of health. It provides a broad overview of the main policy actions that G7 countries can take to improve population health and to decrease the human footprint on the environment.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Health at a Glance 2017

This new edition of Health at a Glance presents the most recent comparable data on the health status of populations and health system performance in OECD countries.


Vive la devolution: devolved public-services commissioning

This report argues for the devolution of 95 per cent of NHS England's budget, totalling more than £100 billion. It suggests that 38 large councils across England should control spending to improve outcomes for citizens and that NHS England and CCGs should be abolished to cede commissioning to local authorities.

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Improving mental health support for our children and young people

This report makes recommendations to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health support for young people who cannot be looked after by their birth families.

Together for Short Lives

Commissioning children's palliative care in England

This report highlights that only a third of CCGs in England are implementing NICE clinical guidance to the prioritisation of palliative care for babies, children and young people. It finds that while 93 per cent of CCGs commission community children's nursing services, only 67 per cent provide this service out of hours and at weekends.

Trussell Trust

Foodbank demand soars across the UK

The Trussell Trust has called for an urgent cut to six-week Universal Credit wait as foodbank demand soars across the UK. The charity is concerned the situation will worsen in the months leading to Christmas when demand for food traditionally spikes.

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