Useful publications and resources on quality improvement We have worked in quality improvement for over 15 years, and have produced a number of reports and toolkits to help inform practice and policy

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

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June 2021
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Analysis exploring the opportunities for automation and AI in health care and the challenges of...

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

About 16 mins to read

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

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...

Research report

The spread challenge

September 2018
Research report

This report shines a light on the challenges facing the NHS in improving the uptake of new ideas and...

Short form content

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Agility: the missing ingredient for NHS productivity

About 24 mins to read

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Which improvement approaches have the potential to increase productivity in the NHS? Tim Horton,...

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Patients and machines: does technology help or hinder empathy and person-centred care?

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Tim Horton and Tom Hardie explore empathy and person-centredness in the context of technology and AI...

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Securing a positive health care technology legacy from COVID-19

About 21 mins to read

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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

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

Quick guides

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...

Quick guide

Using communications approaches to spread improvement

March 2015
Quick guide

The guide is for those actively engaged in health care improvement work and introduces key concepts...

Quick guide

Evaluation: what to consider

March 2015
Quick guide

This guide is intended to assist those new to evaluation by suggesting methodological and practical...

Journal articles

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Published research on quality improvement

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Research and analysis from, and funded by, the Health Foundation has been published in a range of...

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The problem with Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles

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Introduction Quality improvement (QI) methods have been introduced to healthcare to support the...

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Systematic review of the application of the plan–do–study–act method to improve quality in healthcare

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Background: Plan–do–study–act (PDSA) cycles provide a structure for iterative testing of changes to...

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BMJ Quality & Safety

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A leading international journal, co-owned by the Health Foundation and BMJ Group, providing insights...

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BMJ Quality Improvement series

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A joint series of papers exploring how to improve the quality of health care delivery, produced by...

Research report

BMJ Quality & Safety: a collection of key articles

April 2014
Research report

This is a special collection of the best articles published in BMJ Quality & Safety in 2013.

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