Quality improvement Improving quality in health care is about making it safe, effective, patient-centred, timely, efficient and equitable


We think of quality improvement as a systematic approach that uses specific techniques to improve quality in health and health care.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

COVID-19 recovery: opportunities for building a relational approach to quality improvement

12 May 2021

Public health specialty registrar Dr Esther Kwong reflects on her personal experience of using quality improvement approaches during the pandemic.

Insights from the pandemic: what can be learned about service transformation?

Newsletter feature
29 April 2021

A new report from Q explores the role of improvement in delivering rapid service change during the pandemic. We summarise the learning and look at how we can build on the progress made.  

Perspectives of paediatric hospital staff on factors influencing the sustainability and spread of a safety quality improvement programme

Journal article
22 March 2021

Hospital staff perspectives on sustainability and and safety of quality improvement programmes in paediatric care.

30 projects selected for funding through Q Exchange, the Q community’s collaborative grant programme

22 January 2021

30 projects have been selected for funding through Q Exchange, the Q community’s collaborative grant programme.

After the COVID storm: Where next for the NHS?

22 December 2020

Episode 3. What is the long-term path for the NHS when the emergency phase of COVID is over? 

Improving flow along care pathways

Learning report
November 2020

Based on a report by RAND Europe and interviews with programme leads during the pandemic, this report highlights learnings from the UK-wide Flow Coaching Academy programme.

Adopting Innovation: investing in skills at the NHS front line

20 October 2020

Adopting innovation is a hot topic for health care providers this year. How can we seize the opportunity to increase capability for NHS organisations to be effective adopters of innovation for the lon...

Ten innovative projects selected to be part of programme to improve analytical capability in health and care services

17 September 2020

This programme aims to improve analytical capability in support of health and care services.

An open-source suite to enable and advance analyst engagement in Population Health Management

Improvement project

This project aims to help NHS organisations be self-sufficient when it comes to exploring components of Population Health Management such as population segmentation and risk stratification. Will produ...

Understanding and sustaining the health care service shifts accelerated by COVID-19

Long read

COVID-19 has significantly changed the context in which the NHS operates. Here, we bring together insights into how these health care service shifts can be used to deliver sustainable change.

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Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

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