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 and Social Care

Approval for new trial to prevent Group B Strep in newborn babies

The Group B Strep trial has been given ethical approval by the Health Research Authority in England and Health and Care Research in Wales. Group B Strep is the most common cause of life-threatening infection in newborn babies, causing a range of serious infections including pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis.


National Clinical Audit of Anxiety and Depression: inpatient mental health services

This report presents the main findings of the National Clinical Audit of Anxiety and Depression carried out by the Royal College of Psychiatrists between 2017 and 2018. It focuses on inpatient services, where people are admitted to hospital and stay overnight for a period of time, run by NHS mental health trusts in England.

Guidance, innovation and tools

Improvement Lab and Mind

Practical solutions to improve care

An interactive guide to support practitioners to improve services for people living with both mental and physical health problems.

Institute for Public Policy Research

Ethical care: a bold reform agenda for adult social care

This report identifies the three main drivers of quality in social care and highlights some examples of innovative and high-quality care across England.

Med-Tech Innovation News

Study suggests urine test could revolutionise cancer diagnosis

Scientists pioneered the test which diagnoses aggressive prostate cancer and predicts whether patients will require treatment up to five years earlier than standard clinical methods. The ‘PUR’ test (Prostate Urine Risk) could be performed on samples collected at home, so men don’t have to go to a clinic to provide a urine sample – or undergo a rectal examination.

NHS England

Tens of thousands given life changing diabetes monitors thanks to the NHS Long Term Plan

Nearly 30,000 people across the country with Type 1 diabetes have received life-changing diabetes monitors. The innovative device, which is the size of a £2 coin and worn on the arm, means people with Type 1 do not have to carry out multiple painful finger-prick checks to monitor their blood sugar levels.

Social Care Institute for Excellence

Helping to prevent winter deaths and illnesses associated with cold homes: a quick guide for home care managers

Home care managers need to ensure that care staff can recognise people at risk and that they know how to document and share concerns appropriately.

World Health Organization

New HIV testing recommendations

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published new consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services, which aims to help countries treat the 8.1 million people that have undiagnosed HIV.

Practice examples and case studies

BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making

Standards as applied in reality: a case study on the translation of standards in eHealth evaluation practice

Application of standards is a way to increase quality in an evaluation study. However, standards are used insufficiently in eHealth evaluation, affecting the generalization of the knowledge generated.

Primary Care Commissioning

Case study – tackling mental health in general practice

People experiencing low-level mental distress make up a significant proportion of patients seen in general practice. This case study looks at how to provide support.

Local Government Association

Achieving integrated care: 15 best practice actions

For each of the 15 actions, this resource sets out the rationale, ‘How to’ tips, and signposts to the underpinning evidence and examples of good practice.

Reports, commentary and statistics

BBC News

'Global epidemic' of childhood inactivity

Four in five 11- to 17-year-olds around the world are not taking enough physical exercise, according to the first such analysis. The World Health Organization says children's health is being damaged as well as their brain development and social skills.

BMJ Quality and Safety

A nudge towards increased experimentation to more rapidly improve health care

Successful innovation requires experimentation. Embedded research teams around the world have started to systematically test the impact of using subtle changes to the way information is framed or choices are offered to nudge medical decision-making.


Type 2 diabetes peer mentor programme: midterm evaluation

This report outlines the findings so far from an interim evaluation of a peer mentoring service for people living with type 2 diabetes. The programme builds on Brigstowe's model of peer mentoring for people diagnosed with HIV and aimed to see if similar wellbeing and health outcomes could be achieved when transferring the model to other long-term health conditions.

Carers UK

Will I care? The likelihood of being a carer in adult life

Figures contained in this report show that two-thirds of UK adults can expect to provide unpaid care for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill in their lifetime. Half of women will be carers by the age of 46, whereas half of men can expect to be carers at 57.

Diabetes UK

A generation to end the harm. Diabetes UK strategy 2020 – 2025

The number of people who are obese in England has almost doubled in the past 20 years from 6.9 to 13 million, according to new analysis from Diabetes UK. This analysis is released along with its new strategy to mark World Diabetes Day 2019. The report lays out its goals for the next five years.

Health Foundation

Mental and physical health: practical ways to improve care

The Health Foundation has published two new outputs: a practical guide to support health care professionals improve services, for and with, people living with both mental and physical health problems and a set of service principles that can be used to inform decisions about improving, designing or commissioning services across mental health and persistent back and neck pain.

Health Foundation

Mortality and life expectancy trends in the UK

This report looks at how long-term improvements in life expectancy and mortality in the UK have stalled and are falling behind other high-income countries.

King’s Fund

Leading for integrated care

This briefing examines some of the possible reasons and offers advice on design and implementation of integrated care.

London School of Economics

Projections of older people living with dementia and costs of dementia care in the United Kingdom: 2019–2040

This report provides projections of the number of older people (aged 65 and over) living with dementia and the costs of health care, social care and unpaid care for older people living with dementia from 2019 to 2040 in the four countries of the United Kingdom.

NHS Confederation

Fit for the future: how should the incoming government help the NHS in England?

The NHS Confederation has surveyed its members in England to gauge what they feel are their most critical priorities for an incoming government. This report summarises their most pressing issues: workforce, social care and capital investment.

NHS Digital

State of the nation’s health in 2018

The latest figures for the Health Survey for England have been released, monitoring trends in the nation’s health and featuring new data on gambling, asthma and longstanding conditions.

NHS Digital

NHS Digital publishes detailed picture of mental health in England

Annual figures on mental health, learning disability and autism services have been published by NHS Digital.

Nuffield Trust

Evaluating integrated care: why are evaluations not producing the results we expect?

With a number of different integrated care models not reducing hospital admissions as expected, this briefing outlines the reasons why this might be happening. It includes advice for model design and implementation, for commissioners of evaluation, and for evaluators on how to address these issues.

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