“Improving quality is about making health care safe, effective, patient-centred, timely, efficient and equitable. In the history of the NHS, there has never been a greater focus on improving the quality of health services.” The Health Foundation
Quality improvement (QI) is a key part of improving services for patients in healthcare. Audit can help begin the journey in improving patient services giving healthcare workers a starting point. Fundamental to QI is using the model for improvement from the Institute for Health Improvement (IHI).
We need to define our aim, design changes and measure those changes. We use small cycles of change with continuous measurement these are called PDSA (Plan, Do, Study, Act) cycles. Measuring outcome with high quality simple data is key to improving services. We do this using run-charts. Here we provide you with some easily accessible resources on QI to start you on your journey. A good overview video on YouTube on QI :Quality improvement in healthcare
Online resources to learn about QI:
Ideas for QI projects
Quality improvement resource book produced by RCOA. Replaces the audit recipes book.
Supporting QI work
Publications with QI focus