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 instagram-icon 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


Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme – Annual Report 2019

This annual report examines the findings of data collected during five years from April 2013 – March 2018. It aims to provide a detailed, accurate picture of the characteristics of people who have a stroke and the care that is provided to them in hospital and following discharge.


National Diabetes Audit: Core Report 1 – Care Processes and Treatment Targets

The National Diabetes Audit (NDA) provides a comprehensive view of diabetes care in England and Wales. It measures the effectiveness of diabetes healthcare against NICE Clinical Guidelines and NICE Quality Standards. This report examines the key findings from the 2017-18 audit.

Guidance, innovation and tools

NHS England

Nearly three quarters of a million patients set to benefit from world-leading innovations on the NHS

3D heart modelling to rapidly diagnose coronary disease and an advanced blood test which can cut the time it takes to rule-out a heart attack by 75% are among a raft of technological innovations being introduced for patients across the NHS.

Oxford Academic Health Science Network

National survey of local innovation and research needs of the NHS

This report includes analysis of the innovation and research needs at local level across all Academic Health Science Networks. There were some differences in regional priorities but common themes emerged that reflected wider challenges facing the NHS and align with the priorities of the NHS long-term plan.

Practice examples and case studies

Housing LIN

Dementia Care Best Practice - Housing 21

Housing LIN has gathered examples of where extra care schemes or other housing related community services have supported people with dementia to develop meaningful relationships to prevent unwanted social isolation or reduce loneliness.

Housing LIN

Dementia Care Best Practice - Sycamore Dining Service

Sycamore dining brings people together over good quality meals. Customers are encouraged to sit together at large tables, so they mix, get to know each other, and make friends. The challenge is to get lonely and socially isolated people, such as older people. People from all backgrounds are encouraged to visit the diner, including people living both with and without dementia.

Reports, commentary and statistics

BBC News

Low trust in vaccines 'a global crisis'

Public mistrust of vaccines means the world is taking a step backwards in the fight against deadly yet preventable infectious diseases, warn experts. The biggest global study into attitudes on immunisation suggests confidence is low in some regions.

British Red Cross

People from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds are more likely to feel lonely, report suggests

This research reveals that people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds may be more vulnerable to loneliness and face greater barriers in accessing help to overcome it. This research looks in particular at the experiences of loneliness among people from BAME communities in the UK – an area previously underexplored.

Department of Health and Social Care

PM launches new mission to put prevention at the top of the mental health agenda

Every new teacher will be trained in how to spot the signs of mental health issues. The wide-ranging package of measures will make sure people have the confidence and skills they need to identify mental health issues before they become critical, particularly in young people.

Health Foundation

Investing in The NHS long-term plan

This analysis finds that delivering on the vision in the plan will be extremely challenging without urgent government action on wider health funding, including in workforce, capital, prevention and social care. Without this investment, over-stretched services and poorly maintained facilities mean the health service will continue to struggle in the face of rising demand.

NHS Clinical Commissioners

The changing face of clinical commissioning

This report showcases the unique perspective brought by clinical commissioners – the clinical expertise, collaborative working with provider colleagues, and an understanding of the population’s needs in the system in which they operate – and argues that these are essential components to developing integrated services that are fit for purpose and get the best value for each NHS pound.

Public Accounts Committee

NHS waiting times for elective and cancer treatment

The NHS treats more and more people each year, and patients have a right to expect to receive treatment within the timescales set out by the NHS Constitution. This report finds that increasing numbers of patients are being let down by the NHS’s failure to meet deadlines for waiting times.

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Leading fulfilled lives

Part of the Improving lives saving money campaign, the report makes recommendations for how occupational therapists can be most effectively used to enhance the life opportunities for people with learning disabilities. By 2030, the life expectancy for people with a learning disability is projected to increase by 164% to 80 years of age.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

A systems approach to medicines optimisation and pharmacy

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has published a new online guide to help pharmacists develop the leadership qualities needed to work at local and regional level across different NHS systems in England.

Social Care Institute for Excellence

46% of unpaid carers unable to take a break in the last five years

New guidance from the Social Care Institute for Excellence, in partnership with Carers UK, outlines how health and social care commissioners and providers can expand and improve regular breaks for families and friends who care for other adults.

World Health Organization

Environmental health inequalities in Europe: second assessment report

This report documents the magnitude of environmental health inequalities within countries through 19 inequality indicators on urban, housing and working conditions, basic services and injuries. The latest evidence confirms that socially disadvantaged population subgroups are those most affected by environmental hazards that cause avoidable health effects and contribute to health inequalities.

Sign up

Get the latest on quality and safety developments.