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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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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Culture change in the NHS

Department of Health, 11 February 2015

This report shows that a great deal has been achieved since Sir Robert Francis’s public inquiry into Mid Staffs, and that the improvements made since must be sustained and embedded for the future and applied equally and rigorously across all sectors of the health and care system.

Each chapter sets out the main areas where further action is needed to ensure that safe, effective and compassionate care is the norm.

The supporting annex sets out in detail the substantial progress made against the 290 recommendations of the Francis report.

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