Supporting health care improvement Improving health service delivery, and spreading what works, are a major part of the solution to the challenges facing the NHS. But making change happen in health care is complex.


The Health Foundation invests £15m a year in improving health service delivery across the UK, supporting innovation and improvement, and the spread of successful ideas. 

As well as diagnosing problems we offer solutions; sharing learning from our programmes and helping those in the system make sense of how change happens.

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Securing a positive health care technology legacy from COVID-19

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During the pandemic, the NHS has rolled out technologies at impressive speed. But what will need...

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Anchors in a storm

About 20 mins to read

Long read

COVID-19 has galvanised many institutions, including the NHS, into more purposefully influencing...

Quick guide

Quality improvement made simple

April 2021
Quick guide

Updated in 2021, this third edition outlines what you need to know about health care quality...

Long read

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

About 16 mins to read

Long read

COVID-19 has significantly changed the context in which the NHS operates. Here, we bring together...

Research report

Quality improvement in general practice: what do GPs and practice managers think?

December 2019
Research report

Our research shows that most GPs and Practice Managers see quality improvement as a core aspect of...

Research report

Building healthier communities: the role of the NHS as an anchor institution

August 2019
Research report

Our new report explores the ways in which NHS organisations act as anchor institutions, and their...

Learning report

The improvement journey

May 2019
Learning report

A learning report explaining why improvement in health care matters, and how to get started in your...

Partnerships to support quality improvement

We have invested in flagship partnerships and initiatives to build capability and the evidence base for improvement.

Improvement projects that we fund

We support front-line teams across the UK who are working to improve health and social care.

The contribution of the health and care system to improving health

As part of our work to support improvements in health care, we have been exploring the wider contribution that health care services can make to improving health through an increased focus on prevention, health inequalities and tackling the social determinants of health.

Improvement in general practice

A collection of resources and funded projects focusing on quality improvement in general practice.

Useful publications and resources on quality improvement

We aim to share best practice and knowledge on quality improvement, from how to spread new ideas to developing approaches to evaluation.

Health care improvement fellowships

Our fellowship programmes are designed for future and senior leaders who are passionate about improving the quality of health and care.

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We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

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The Q community

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

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