in partnership with and funded by The Health Foundation
are launching a joint series of papers exploring how to improve the quality of healthcare delivery. The series aims to discuss the evidence for systematic quality improvement, provide knowledge and support to clinicians and ultimately to help improve care for patients.
The Health Foundation and The BMJ share a commitment to improving the quality of health care, in particular the frontline delivery of health services. Over the next year and beyond the series will aim to support clinicians by providing thoughtful and targeted material on key topics in quality improvement, and helping to guide quality improvement learning and practice.
About The Health Foundation
The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK. From giving grants to those working at the front line to carrying out research and policy analysis, the Health Foundation aims to shine a light on how to make successful change happen.
• Jennifer Dixon and colleagues: Creating space for quality improvement
• Anya de Iongh and Sibylle Erdmann: Better healthcare must mean better for patients
• Jeffrey Braithwaite: Changing how we think about healthcare improvement
• Russell Mannion and Huw Davies: Understanding organisational culture for healthcare quality improvement
• Paul Batalden: Getting more health from healthcare: quality improvement must acknowledge patient coproduction
• Bryan Jones and colleagues: How to get started in quality improvement
• Amar Shah and colleagues: Using data for improvement
Further reading from The BMJ
• Joanna Bircher: quality improvement evangelist
• Billy Boland: How can you know what culture you are operating in, and can it be measured?
• Anya de Iongh and Cat Chatfield: #BetterHealthDebate—getting the fundamental relationships right
• Matthew Taylor: People not technology will shape the future of work
• Rhiannon Barker, Karen Ford, and Jocelyn Cornwell: What does staff engagement mean in the NHS and why is it important?
• Claire Lemer: Getting the care you need shouldn’t depend on being knowledgeable, articulate, and demanding
• Dido Harding, NHS Improvement: “I’m shocked at the lack of basic people management skills in the NHS”
• John Brennan: What can the QI movement learn from evidence based medicine?
• David Oliver: Should practical quality improvement have parity of esteem with evidence based medicine?
• John Dean: Committed to quality improvement
• Mary Dixon-Woods: Patient safety workaholic
• Jason Leitch: Three chords and the tooth
These articles are part of a series commissioned by The BMJ
based on ideas generated by a joint editorial group with members from the Health Foundation and The BMJ
, including a patient/carer. The BMJ
retained full editorial control over external peer review, editing, and publication. Open access fees and The BMJ
’s quality improvement editor post are funded by the Health Foundation.
Cat Chatfield is the Quality Improvement Editor for The BMJ and The Health Foundation Quality Improvement series. You can contact her at email@example.com or on Twitter at @drcatchatfield.
Further reading from The Health Foundation
• Quality improvement made simple: what everyone should know about healthcare quality improvement (2013)
This quick guide provides an explanation of some common approaches used to improve quality, including where they have come from, their underlying principles and their efficacy and applicability within the healthcare arena.
• The habits of an improver (2015)
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.
• Perspectives on context (2014)
A series of essays by leading academics exploring the issue of context in improving the quality of patient care. Building on these essays, we published a further evidence review on context in 2015.