arrow_up-blue blog branches consultations events facebook-icon facebook-icon2 factsheet forum-icon forum hands key link location lock mail measure menu_plus news pdf pdf2 phone policies publications related search share subjectguide twitter-icon word youtube-icon

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

Health Quality Improvement Partnership

National Audit of Breast Cancer in Older Patients: 2018 Annual Report

The National Audit of Breast Cancer in Older Patients (NABCOP) was commissioned to evaluate the quality of care provided to women aged 70 years or older by breast cancer services in England and Wales. The aim of the audit is to evaluate the care delivered to women from the point of initial diagnosis to the end of primary treatment and to provide information on the comparative performance of NHS breast cancer units.

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership

MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report 2018

This is the fourth MBRRACE-UK Perinatal Mortality Surveillance Report and provides information on extended perinatal deaths in the UK and Crown Dependencies arising from births during 2016.The aims of the MNI-CORP are to collect, analyse and report national surveillance data and conduct national confidential enquiries in order to stimulate and evaluate improvements in health care for mothers and babies.

Guidance, innovation and tools


Supporting Military Veterans in Residential Care

This guide aims to help care home managers, care home staff and local authority commissioners to understand how to support veterans living in residential care, taking into account their military service and backgrounds, and addressing their specific needs and preferences in a more personalised way.

King’s Fund

Innovative models of general practice

This report looks at innovative models of general practice from the UK and other countries. It identifies key design features that could be important in designing effective GP services in the future.

Public Health England

Work, worklessness and health: local infographic tool

This tool includes a slide set with regional and local level data relating to work, worklessness and health for each county or unitary authority in England.

Practice examples and case studies

Care Quality Commission

Driving improvement: Case studies from nine adult social care services

The CQC interviewed 9 adult social care services that had achieved a significant improvement on their rating. The 9 case studies highlight some clear actions that other providers can use to help them learn and improve.

NHS Employers

Using Band 4 roles to build a team around the patient

This case study describes how an NHS Trust developed new models of care to overcome workforce supply challenges. The trust had a persistent lack of registered nurses in its workforce. Using the concept of building a team around the patient, the trust looked at how it could make use of newly introduced roles, such as the nursing associate and the assistant practitioner.

Reports, commentary and statistics

BBC News

NHS funding: Brexit 'won't save enough' to fund £20bn boost

The government will not reveal how a £20bn funding boost to the NHS is being funded until the autumn budget - but any savings through Brexit will not be "anything like enough" to pay for it.

Breast Cancer Now

Rebuilding my body: breast reconstruction in England

This report shows that 47 out of 208 CCGs in England have established policies to restrict reconstruction services for non-clinical reasons.

Brexit Health Alliance

Protecting the public’s health across Europe after Brexit

This briefing sets out how people across Europe currently benefit from the close collaboration between the UK and EU on public health. It proposes solutions to maintain and improve a high level of public health protection after the UK leaves the European Union.

Department of Health and Social Care

Carers action plan 2018 - 2020: supporting carers today

The plan sets out the cross-government programme of work to support carers over the next two years. It is structured around the following themes: services and systems that work for carers; employment and financial wellbeing; supporting young carers; recognising and supporting carers in the wider community and society; and building research and evidence to improve outcomes for carers.

Department of Health and Social Care

Dementia risk now included as part of NHS Health Check

Healthcare professionals in GP surgeries and the community will soon give advice on dementia risk to patients as part of the NHS Health Check.

European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

European drug report 2018: trends and developments

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


Social media firms 'must share child mental health costs'

Web giants 'are fuelling child mental health crisis, and the NHS is being forced to pick up the pieces of a childhood mental health epidemic driven by social media. Companies such as Google and Facebook should face tough scrutiny.

Institute for Public Policy Research

Better health and care for all. A 10-point plan for the 2020s

This final report of the Lord Darzi Review puts forward a 10-point investment and reform plan, as well as a 10-point offer to the public which sets out what the health and care system will be able to offer if this plan for investment and reform is adopted.

King’s Fund

The role of cities in improving population health: international insights

Drawing on international case studies, our new report explores the role of cities in improving population health. An interactive map presents highlights from some of these locations, and in a related blog Chis Naylor considers what cities in England can learn from other countries.

National Audit Office

Investigation into NHS spending on generic medicines in primary care

This investigation focuses on primary care, where most spending on generic medicines is incurred, and it sets out the facts in relation to NHS spending on generic medicines, and the 2017-18 increase in spending on certain generic medicines.

NHS Confederation

When tragedy strikes: reflections on the NHS response to the Manchester Arena bombing and Grenfell Tower fire

This publication aims to support NHS organisations with planning for major incidents, the NHS Confederation has conducted a series of interviews to capture the learning from the health service’s response to events of 2017.

NHS Confederation

System under strain: why demand pressures are more than a winter phenomenon

This report shows that increases in demand for health care services are not restricted to particular parts of the service and specific times of the year. It describes ways in which increasing demand in one part of the system can affect the performance of other NHS services.

Richmond Group of Charities

Destined to ‘sink or swim together’ NHS, social care and public health

This report calls on Government to deliver an ambitious funding package that sets the NHS, social care system and public health on the right path for the future together. The NHS alone will need an estimated £81 billion extra p.a. by 2033/34 just to maintain levels of access and quality at 2015/16 levels.

Royal Society for Public Health

That age old question

This report reveals that ageist views are held across the generations, and that an ageing society is viewed by many as a challenge rather than an opportunity. It makes a number of recommendations aimed at addressing some of the key drivers and negative consequences of societal ageism, including a suggestion that health care professionals should be trained on the effects of ageism in clinical and care settings.

World Health Organization

Mental health, human rights and standards of care

This report assesses the quality of institutional care for adults with psychosocial and intellectual disabilities in the WHO European region. Out of all the quality ratings made, only 25 per cent showed compliance with international standards, suggesting that long-term institutional care in the region has room for improvement.

Sign up

Get the latest on quality and safety developments.