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Quality Improvement Series


The BMJ 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.

Series articles

Editorials
Jennifer Dixon and colleagues: Creating space for quality improvement
Anya de Iongh and Sibylle Erdmann: Better healthcare must mean better for patients

Analysis
Jeffrey Braithwaite: Changing how we think about healthcare improvement

Feature
Dido Harding, NHS Improvement: “I’m shocked at the lack of basic people management skills in the NHS”

Opinion
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

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.

Further reading

From The BMJ
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
Jason Leitch: Three chords and the tooth

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.

BMJ Quality & Safety

BMJQS

BMJ Quality & Safety provides a rich mix of news, opinion, debate and research for academics, clinicians, healthcare managers and policy makers. It encourages the science of improvement, debate, and new thinking on improving the quality of healthcare.

The journal is led by a patient-focused editorial team with a view towards helping all team members improve knowledge with the overall goal of improving patient care. The journal integrates the academic and clinical aspects of quality and safety in healthcare by encouraging academics to create evidence and knowledge valued by clinicians and clinicians to value using evidence and knowledge to improve quality.