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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

NHS England

Improving approaches to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

NHS RightCare COPD pathway has provided a set of resources to support local health economies address variation and improve people’s health. It sets out how health and care commissioners, and providers, can ensure early detection with accurate diagnosis and optimise long term management to reduce hospital admissions and premature mortality.

NHS England

NHS to provide life changing glucose monitors for Type 1 diabetes patients

Tens of thousands of people with Type 1 diabetes across the country will benefit from life changing glucose monitors on the NHS. NHS England will ensure the device, which is the size of a £2 coin and sits on the arm, is available on prescription for all patients who qualify for it in line with NHS clinical guidelines.

NHS England

First children with cancer to begin treatment with revolutionary CAR-T therapy

CAR-T is a highly complex new type of immunotherapy which involves collecting and using the patients’ own immune cells to target their cancer in a process which is completed over a number of weeks. The start of this treatment marks the beginning of a new era of personalised medicine.

NHS England

First NHS cancer patient to begin treatment with state of the art proton beam therapy

The NHS’s national cancer director has announced that an NHS state of the art proton beam therapy machine for cancer is set to treat the first patient in England at The Christie in Manchester this month, marking a major milestone for NHS care.

Guidance, innovation and tools

NHS England

Delayed transfers of care resources

This series of guides is aimed at helping health and social care staff to take prompt practical actions and use every opportunity to prevent delayed transfers of care. Through using these guides, health and social care staff can address the evidence that staying in hospital for longer than required drives adverse outcomes for patients.

NHS England

NHS to provide life changing glucose monitors for Type 1 diabetes patients

Tens of thousands of people with Type 1 diabetes across the country will benefit from life changing glucose monitors on the NHS. The wearable sensor does away with the need for inconvenient and sometimes painful finger prick blood tests by relaying glucose levels to a smart phone or e-reader.

Practice examples and case studies

Stroke Association

Guide published to support people affected by stroke

This updated guide gives people free access to trusted information about stroke and risk factors, alongside advice on prevention. As well as personal stories from stroke survivors, the guide includes case studies from healthcare professionals who have used the guide, and explains how it can support staff working with people affected by stroke.

Reports, commentary and statistics

BBC News

Five key questions Brexit poses for the NHS

Whether it is a no-deal Brexit or the agreement brokered by the prime minister, leaving the European Union promises to have a profound impact on patients and the wider NHS. This article discusses the possible implications.

Children’s Commissioner for England

Children's mental health briefing

This briefing finds that child and adolescent mental health services are improving in most areas in the country, yet with the exception of eating disorder services, the provision of services in the youth justice system and in perinatal mental health care, the rate of progress is slow. A vast gap remains between what is provided and what children need.


UK meets UN target in drive to end HIV epidemic

A milestone target has been reached in the UK in the battle against HIV. Statistics from Public Health England have revealed that a 90-90-90 benchmark has now been established. This means that 90 per cent of those with HIV are successfully diagnosed, 90 per cent of those patients then receive antiretroviral treatment, with 90 per cent reaching viral suppression.

Health Foundation

Unfinished business: an assessment of the national approach to improving cancer services in England 1995–2015

This report looks at progress in cancer care over two decades. It finds that progress has been made on reducing mortality, and improving the chances of survival and the experience of care, for people in England diagnosed with cancer. However, despite persistent ambitions to be the best in Europe and the world, the gap in survival rates has not been closed.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services

Policing and mental health: picking up the pieces

This report finds that police officers are increasingly being used as the default service for responding to people with mental health problems. It finds that, whilst the police service is doing a good job in difficult circumstances, there are concerns over whether the police should be involved in responding to mental health problems at the current level.

King’s Fund

A vision for population health: Towards a healthier future

Substantial improvements in life expectancy over the past 100 years mean that people are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. However, England lags behind other countries on many key health outcomes, improvements in life expectancy have stalled and health inequalities are widening.

National Statistics

Health Survey for England 2017: summary of key findings

The Health Survey for England (HSE) monitors trends in the nation’s health and care. It provides information about adults aged 16 and over, and children aged 0 to 15, living in private households in England. The survey is used to monitor overweight and obesity and to estimate the proportion of people in England who have certain health conditions and the prevalence of risk factors and health related behaviours, such as smoking and drinking alcohol.

NHS Digital

Mental health of children and young people in England, 2017

This survey collected information from 9,117 children and young people and combines information - depending on their age - from children and young people or their parents and teachers. It found that one in eight of children and young people aged between five and nineteen, surveyed in England in 2017, had a mental disorder.

Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System

Investigating recent developments in the commissioning system

There is now a more complex local landscape of organisations all of which need to be involved in the planning of local services; and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) need to be able to find ways to engage with them effectively.

Policy Research Unit in Commissioning and the Healthcare System

Understanding the new commissioning system in England: contexts, mechanisms and outcomes

This study explores how the new commissioning system is functioning after reorganisation of the NHS in England in 2012. The research aimed to assess the impact of the reforms on the operation and outcomes of the commissioning system.

Public Health England

Progress towards ending the HIV epidemic in the UK: 2018 report

The latest estimates for undiagnosed HIV infections indicate that the UNAIDS 90:90:90 targets have been met both in the United Kingdom (UK) overall and in England. There has been a steady progression towards meeting these targets over the past decade, and it is now time to look beyond and identify new priorities that, if achieved, could accelerate the falls in HIV transmission that are well underway.

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