QI publications

Read about the different large and small scale quality improvement interventions and activities taking place in the UK.

Improvement Leaders’ Guide: Leading improvement Personal and organisational development

A leader of improvement needs to have these leadership skills and more. You will face challenges in creating a shared vision, challenges developing a supportive culture and challenges engaging others in improvement. This guide has collected together some of the current thinking about the knowledge and skills a leader of improvement may need.

NHS Institute of innovation and improvement report via: https://www.england.nhs.uk/improvement-hub/wp-content/uploads/sites/44/2017/11/ILG-3.4-Leading-Improvement.pdf

Why healthcare leadership should embrace quality improvement

Making quality improvement a core tenet of how healthcare organisations are run is essential to ensuring safe, high quality, and responsive services for patients, write John R Drew and Meghana Pandit.

Healthcare staff often have a positive experience of quality improvement (QI) compared with the daily experience of how their organisations are led and managed.1 This indicates that some of the conditions and assumptions required for QI are at odds with prevailing management practices. For QI to become pervasive in healthcare, we need to change leadership and management.

To access the  report via the BMJ website: https://www.bmj.com/content/368/bmj.m872 

Leading quality improvement in the NHS – Findings of the national evaluation of the NHS-VMI partnership

This final summary report released Thursday 22nd September 2022 presents the key findings of the NHS-VMI partnership evaluation. Alongside a quantitative analysis of outcomes, the report highlights the organisational conditions that shape the readiness of NHS organisations to successfully implement and sustain a complex and systematic approach to quality improvement. This report will be accompanied by a blog, a sketchnote, and a podcast.

To access the  report visit: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/wbs/research/vmi-nhs/reports/

First steps towards quality improvement: A simple to improving services

If you are involved at any level in improving health or social care, this resource will provide the information you need for your first steps towards making quality improvements, giving your improvement project the best possible chance of success. Whether you are experienced at running improvement projects or not, this blend of project management and
improvement tools, combined with practical know-how and first hand experience gained from working with NHS teams, should prove invaluable

To access publication: https://www.england.nhs.uk/improvement-hub/wpcontent/uploads/sites/44/2011/06/service_improvement_guide_2014.pdf

The Health Care Data Guide: Learning from Data for Improvement

Now in its second edition, The Health Care Data Guide: Learning from Data for Improvement delivers a practical blueprint for using available data to improve healthcare outcomes. In the book, a team of distinguished authors explores how health care practitioners, researchers, and other professionals can confidently plan and implement health care enhancements and changes, all while ensuring those changes actually constitute an improvement.

Book available on Amazon and all book stores.

ABC of Quality Improvement in Healthcare

Written and edited by some of the leading clinicians and managers in the field, ABC of Quality Improvement is designed for clinicians new to the discipline, as well as experienced leaders of change and improvement. Providing comprehensive coverage and clear, succinct descriptions of the major tools, techniques and approaches, this new addition to the ABC series demystifies quality improvement and develops a broader understanding of what constitutes quality in healthcare.

Book available on Amazon and all book stores.

Embedding Young People’s Participation in Health Services. New Approaches

Edited by Louca-Mai Brady

There is increasing interest in young people’s participation in the design and delivery of health services. But young people’s views are not consistently sought or acknowledged, and they are still often marginalised in healthcare encounters.

Drawing on original research and a diverse range of practice examples, Brady explores the potential for inclusive and diverse approaches to young people’s participation in health services from the perspectives of young people, health professionals and other practitioners.

To access the publication visit: https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/embedding-young-peoples-participation-in-health-services

Building strong integrated care systems everywhere

ICS implementation guidance on working with people and communities.

Read more: https://mcusercontent.com/eb80d505a316b024f7efd798c/files/73703f3d-1187-065b-d7ab-8183bd7404dc/B0661_ics_working_with_people_and_communities.pdf

The Habits of Improvers

This paper offers a way of viewing the field of improvement from the perspective of the men and women who deliver and co-produce care on the ground, the improvers on whom the NHS depends.

It describes 15 habits which such individuals regularly deploy, grouped under five broad headings – learning, influencing, resilience, creativity and systems thinking.

It goes on to suggest that there is a ‘signature pedagogy’ of improving quality, that is to say that there are certain teaching and learning methods which best develop capability in understanding and implementing improvement.

Read more: https://www.health.org.uk/publications/the-habits-of-an-improver

The Scottish Improvement Journey: a nationwide approach to improvement

20 April 2018

Public services face many challenges ranging from increasing demands for services and funding cuts, to inefficient or at times even ineffective processes. Quality improvement can be considered as part of a solution to such challenges, as the approach focuses on doing things better at the system level rather than just having people working more or working even harder.

Building on a long history of quality services, driven by staff and professional bodies, Scotland’s present ambition is to make the country the best place to live in. To achieve this goal, the Scottish Government recognises the need for quality improvement in public services and is, therefore, putting great effort into building an integrated landscape of quality improvement in public services.

This paper shares the story of the Scottish Improvement Journey encompassing 50 years of clinical audit and improvement programmes.

Read more on the processes put in place for Scotland’s QI framework

How hospital trusts are embedding Quality Improvement to deliver high quality and sustainable patient care

11 September 2018

The CQC report on How hospital trusts are embedding Quality Improvement to deliver high quality and sustainable patient care published in 2018 is based on NHS Trusts experiences of using QI as a systematic approach to improving service quality, efficiency and morale.

The report is based on interviews with trust staff from all levels, local QI teams and patient groups as well as visits to six trusts to see their QI in action. We also spoke to members of the CQC hospital inspection team and reviewed inspection reports, published trust board papers and local QI publications.

Read more on the outcomes of the CQC report

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