A Guide to Quality Improvement Methods

Health Quality Improvement Partnership, July 2015

The guide brings together twelve quality improvement (QI) methods, providing an overview of each and practical advice on how and when to implement them, with illustrative case examples.  QI methods covered include clinical audit; Plan, Do, Study, Act; model for improvement; LEAN/Six Sigma; performance benchmarking, process mapping and statistical process control and it is aimed at all professionals with an interest in QI.

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A qualitative and quantitative evaluation of the Advancing Quality pay-for-performance programme in the NHS North West

National Institute of Health Research, July 2015

Advancing Quality (AQ) is a voluntary programme providing financial incentives for improvement in the quality of care provided to NHS patients in the north-west of England. This objectives of this research were to identify the impact of AQ on key stakeholders and clinical practice; to assess its cost-effectiveness; to identify key factors that assist or impede its successful implementation; and to provide lessons for the wider implementation of pay-for-performance schemes across the NHS.

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Services for people with neurological conditions: progress review

National Audit Office, July 2015

This review reports that progress has been mixed in implementing recommendations made by the Public Accounts Committee in 2012 aimed at improving services and achieving better outcomes for people with neurological conditions, according to the National Audit Office.  While progress against one of the recommendations has been good, progress against three of the recommendations has been poor, with moderate progress against the remaining two recommendations.

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Care improvement works

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), May 2015

A free online resource aimed at care providers has been launched which provides support in driving up standards. Care Improvement Works, developed in partnership with Skills for Care and support from the Think Local Act Personal consortium, maps a range of products to the Care Quality Commission’s inspection questions and ‘key lines of enquiry’. People who use services, and carers, can use the resource to question the quality of care they receive.

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HSJ interactive toolkit identifying the barriers to change in the NHS and practical solutions

HSJ, April 2015

Explore the HSJ interactive toolkit identifying the barriers to change in the NHS and practical solutions – as identified by NHS staff and service users.
HSJ, together with sister title Nursing Times and NHS Improving Quality, launched the Challenge Top-Down Change campaign to find out if the power of the crowd could help NHS organisations change better.

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Building the foundations for improvement

The Health Foundation, February 2015

This Health Foundation report looks at five organisations of varying sizes and remits (including a community mental health trust) which have well developed, or developing, methods for using quality improvement techniques in frontline care.

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