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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 next phase of regulation: consultation 2

This consultation includes new proposals for how the CQC will regulate primary medical care services such as GPs and dentists and adult social care services like care homes and home-care services.

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

Using clinical audit in commissioning

A brand new HQIP guide outlining how clinical audit can be used by commissioners to assure both quality and drive continuous improvement in patient care.

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

Information Governance in local quality improvement

This guide describes how Information Governance laws and principles apply to the use of personal data in local or regional multi-agency healthcare quality improvement studies such as clinical audit, productivity reviews, intervention testing, and service evaluation.

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

Social care audit guidance

The guides have been co-designed with service users and employees to ensure that they accurately reflect the experiences, challenges and achievements of organisations, services and disciplines within the social care sector.

Primary Care Commission

Five year forward view: primary care – next steps

Following the third year since the “new deal” was announced, which recognised the strain on general practice with any new funding to be aimed first at those prepared to embrace new ways of working, the review and next steps were published in March 2017.

Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Severe sepsis and septic shock: clinical audit 2016/17

This audit report finds that there has been an improvement in the proportion of patients receiving the best care for severe sepsis and septic shock, but that improvements are needed to make treatment available faster.

Guidance, innovation and tools

FoNS Centre of Nursing Innovation

Celebrating innovation and success

Read Jo Ordell, FoNS practice development facilitator, the latest blog post about celebrating innovation and success about health care.

HSC Public Health Agency

Take 5 steps to wellbeing

This leaflet and poster outline five simple ways in which people can maintain and improve their mental wellbeing. Translations into 11 languages are now available.

International Longevity Centre, UK

Towards affordable healthcare: why effective innovation is key

This report showcases how health care innovations currently employed at home and abroad could increase productivity and reduce costs.

NHS England

Type 2 diabetes prevention programme

To mark Diabetes Week, NHS England has produced a short animation, following a fictional character’s journey on discovering he was at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

National Institute for Health Research

Trial tackling blood disorder started at Basildon Hospital

Staff at Basildon Hospital are celebrating being the first site in the UK to complete treatment for a patient using a new drug that aims to control a potentially life threatening blood disorder.

Public Health England

Health matters: child dental health

This professional resource outlines how health professional, councils and partners can help prevent tooth decay in children under 5 as part of ensuring every child has the best start in life.

The Commonwealth

Preventing violence, promoting peace toolkit

This toolkit brings together evidence on the prevention of all types of violence including interpersonal violence, collective violence and violent extremism.

Reports, commentary and statistics

Care Quality Commission

NHS trusts tell their stories of improvement

Drawing on interviews with staff, patients and patient-representative groups and organisations, Driving improvement tells each improvement story from the perspective the people most closely involved.

Commonwealth Fund

An overview of home-based primary care: learning from the field

This briefing synthesises the evidence and expert perspectives on how outcomes and costs are affected by utilising home-based primary care for housebound or functionally-limited patients.

Competition and Markets Authority

Care homes market study: update paper

The care homes market study examined whether the residential care homes sector is working well for elderly people and their families.

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

European drug report: trends and development 2017

This report presents a top-level overview of the drug phenomenon in Europe, covering drug supply, use and public health problems as well as drug policy and responses.

Health Foundation

The need for a complex systems model of evidence for public health

There are many big health challenges in society. This paper outlines the need for new approaches to designing and evaluating population-level interventions to improve health.

House of Commons Library

NHS expenditure

This briefing documents NHS expenditure since 1948. It also contains a summary of the structure of the NHS and how it is financed.

King’s Fund

Quarterly monitoring report

The underlying reality is that demand for services is continuing to outstrip the rate at which the NHS budget is growing.

NHS Clinical Commissioners

CCG lay members, non-executive directors and STP governance and engagement

This report discusses the importance of governance and accountability and developing working relationships across STP footprints.

NHS Confederation

Acting without delay - how the independent sector is working with the NHS to reduce delayed discharge

This report from the NHS Partners Network highlights examples where the independent sector is working with the NHS to avoid delayed discharges of care.

NHS Digital

Children and Young People’s Health Services Monthly Statistics

This is a report on NHS-funded Community Services for children and young people aged 18 years or under using data from the new Children and Young People's Health Services (CYPHS) data set reported in England for activity for February 2017.

NHS Digital

Out of area placements in mental health services

This report presents early findings from the Out of Area Placements (OAPs) collection. The collection is expected to capture the details of all OAPs in England from both NHS and independent providers.

NHS Digital

Maternity services monthly statistics

This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for January 2017, using data submitted to the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS). The MSDS has been developed to help achieve better outcomes of care for mothers, babies and children.

Nuffield Trust

Getting a Brexit deal that works for the NHS

This briefing argues that the NHS could face costs of almost half a billion pounds if retired British people living in other EU countries decide to return to the UK in the event of their healthcare being withdrawn after Brexit.

Public Health England

Heatwave plan for England

The heatwave plan for England aims to prepare for, alert people to, and prevent, the major avoidable effects on health during periods of severe heat in England.

Shared Lives Plus

The state of Shared Lives in England: report 2017

This report looks at the Shared Lives sector and how the scheme has grown in recent times, in terms of number of staff and carers as well as the number of people using the scheme.

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