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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

State of Care

State of Care is the CQC’s annual assessment of health and social care in England. The report looks at the trends, shares examples of good and outstanding care, and highlights where care needs to improve. This year's report finds that most people in England receive a good quality of care.

Department of Health and Social Care

GP Partnership Review: interim report

The report identifies areas where the review will look for solutions to reinvigorate the partnership model and support the transformation of general practice. It invites GPs and others with an interest to continue to get involved with the review by sharing their experiences and ideas.

Department of Health and Social Care

Quality Matters: a summary of outputs one year on

Quality Matters is a shared commitment to achieve high standards of adult social care for service users, families, carers and everyone working in the sector. This report is a summary of what has been achieved by partners in the adult social care sector one year after from the launch of the commitment.

Guidance, innovation and tools

Health Foundation

The spread challenge

This report shines a light on the challenges facing the NHS in improving the uptake of new ideas and practices, and the need for new approaches when developing national and local programmes to support the spread of innovation. “Health care improvement programmes need to be designed in more sophisticated ways if ambitions to improve health care services are to be realised.”

NHS Digital

Partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital for new technology innovation centre announced

A new technology innovation centre will open later today at Great Ormond Street Hospital, with backing from NHS Digital and several technology companies, to transform the use of technology including artificial intelligence in healthcare and improve patient outcomes.

Public Health England

Alcohol, drugs and tobacco: commissioning support packs

This guidance on smoking, drinking and drug misuse has been produced for commissioners of tobacco control and drug and alcohol services for adults and young people. It aims to help commissioners and local authorities develop joint strategic needs assessment and health and wellbeing strategies to reduce the harm caused by smoking, drinking, substance use and misuse.

UK Research and Innovation

Digital tech to tackle healthcare challenges: apply for funding

UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £9 million to develop more effective and efficient treatments through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. This competition is part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to deliver leading-edge healthcare in the UK.

Practice examples and case studies

National Health Executive

Greater Manchester: Forefront of precision medicine

Precision medicine is hailed as the next big thing in healthcare, and Greater Manchester is set to lead the way with a new £60m global genomics centre, explains Rowena Burns, chair of Health Innovation Manchester.

Reports, commentary and statistics

Education Policy Institute

Access to children and young people’s mental health services: 2018

This report examines access to specialist services, waiting times for treatment, and provision for those children that are not able to receive treatment, drawing on Freedom of Information requests to providers of child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and local authorities in England.

Health Foundation

Q: The journey so far

This report reflects the commitment of the Health Foundation and NHS Improvement to share progress and learning from the Q initiative as it develops. It accompanies the publication of RAND Europe’s interim evaluation of Q and the report on the first Q Lab project.

House of Commons Library

NHS continuing health care in England

This briefing paper is intended to help MPs respond to queries from constituents about eligibility to NHS continuing health care in England. It covers the national framework, dispute resolution and refunds guidance. Equivalent provision in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is also covered.

King's Fund

Approaches to better value: improving quality and cost

The NHS is increasingly focusing on how it can improve the value of its services, to deliver the highest quality health outcomes for patients at the lowest cost possible. This report shares learning and insight from three NHS hospital trusts that have developed organisation-wide strategies for value improvement.

NHS England

2017-19 NHS Standard Contract provisions across primary and secondary care: Implementation toolkit for local systems

This document sets out some practical ways in which organisations can collaborate locally to implement the NHS Standard Contract provisions relating to primary and secondary care. The RCN was involved in the development of this toolkit.

National Audit Office

Improving children and young people’s mental health services

This report forms part of a wider programme of work on mental health, following our 2016 report Mental health services: preparations for access and our 2017 report Mental health in prisons. It examines whether the government is on track to meet its ambitions for children and young people’s services, taking Future in Mind as the starting point.

NHS Clinical Commissioners

Be the change: ensuring an effective response to all in psychiatric emergency equal to medical care

Care for people in mental health crisis does not adequately address the needs of the community it is intended to serve, according to this report. It outlines ten recommendations that would make urgent and emergency psychiatric health care ‘minimally adequate’, and calls on governmental agencies, policy makers and health and social services to take radical action to address inequalities and improve mental health crisis care.

Nuffield Trust

Understanding carers: a guide for local authorities

Under the Care Act 2014, councils across England have a key role in assessing the support needs of carers. But with a recent Healthwatch report stating that those providing unpaid care are struggling to find help, Sarah Scobie pulls together sources of information to help local authorities understand the needs of carers in their area.

Philips

Future Health Index 2018: moving data to the heart of health systems

The Future Health Index provides a platform for discussing where governments and businesses should concentrate resources to enable a revolution in the way health care is being delivered and experienced. This report highlights the potential of certain digital health tools to enable more effective use of data.

Public Health England

Public Health England Alcohol, drugs and tobacco: commissioning support packs

This guidance on smoking, drinking and drug misuse has been produced for commissioners of tobacco control and drug and alcohol services for adults and young people. It aims to help commissioners and local authorities develop joint strategic needs assessment and health and wellbeing strategies to reduce the harm caused by smoking, drinking, substance use and misuse.

Public Health England

Improving people’s health: applying behavioural and social sciences to improve population health and wellbeing in England

Academics, public health professionals, and representatives from funders and learned bodies have collaborated to produce this strategy. It aims to enable the broad public health system to use behavioural and social sciences more effectively and efficiently to reduce inequalities and improve the health and wellbeing of the population.

Public Health England

National Child Measurement Programme: guidance for analysis and data sharing

This guidance is designed to support local authorities and other organisations wishing to undertake additional investigation of the data. It contains an overview of the NCMP data and analyses provided by Public Health England and NHS Digital, information on how to access the NCMP dataset, and details of which NCMP data can be shared between organisations.

Public Health England

Severe mental illness (SMI) and physical health inequalities: briefing

This analysis compares the prevalence of physical health conditions in patients with SMI and all patients using data from the Health Improvement Network’s general practice database.

Public Health England

Improving people’s health: applying behavioural and social sciences to improve population health and wellbeing in England

This strategy aims to enable the broad public health system to use behavioural and social sciences more effectively and efficiently to reduce inequalities and improve the health and wellbeing of the population.

World Health Organization

Adolescent alcohol-related behaviours: trends and inequalities in the WHO European Region, 2002–2014

This report presents the latest trends in alcohol consumption and drinking behaviours among 15-year-olds across the WHO European Region, taken from the study on health behaviour in school-aged children (HBSC).

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