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Quality improvement in diabetes care

Improving quality is about making diabetes care safe, effective, patient-centred, timely, efficient and equitable. To achieve this, NHS organisations across the UK are increasingly using proven quality improvement approaches.

Use the following resources and tools to embed quality improvement approaches into diabetes care.

Essential reading

  • Improving quality in the English NHS, a strategy for action, The King's Fund website (February 2016)

    This report argues that the NHS in England cannot meet the health care needs of the population without a sustained and comprehensive commitment to quality improvement as its principal strategy. It describes key features of a quality improvement strategy, offering 10 design principles to guide its development.This report argues that the NHS in England cannot meet the health care needs of the population without a sustained and comprehensive commitment to quality improvement as its principal strategy. It describes key features of a quality improvement strategy, offering 10 design principles to guide its development.
  • What’s getting in the way? Barriers to improvement in the NHS, The Health Foundation website (February 2015)

    This evidence scan brings together published research about the key individual, organisational and system wide barriers to improvement in the NHS.This evidence scan brings together published research about the key individual, organisational and system wide barriers to improvement in the NHS.
  • Building the foundations for improvement, The Health Foundation website (February 2015)

    This learning report describes how five UK Trusts built quality improvement capability at scale within their organisations and presents the approaches used to enable staff to develop and deploy the skills and tools needed to improve quality.This learning report describes how five UK Trusts built quality improvement capability at scale within their organisations and presents the approaches used to enable staff to develop and deploy the skills and tools needed to improve quality.
  • Using clinical communities to improve quality, The Health Foundation website (December 2013)

    This learning report presents the 10 lessons for getting the clinical community approach to work in practice. The structure of a clinical community is a simple one, comprising a core team that supports site teams to make change happen locally.This learning report presents the 10 lessons for getting the clinical community approach to work in practice. The structure of a clinical community is a simple one, comprising a core team that supports site teams to make change happen locally.
  • Quality improvement made simple, The Health Foundation website (August 2013)

    This quick guide presents what everyone should know about quality improvement and provides clear explanations of some common approaches used to improve quality.This quick guide presents what everyone should know about quality improvement and provides clear explanations of some common approaches used to improve quality.

Resources

E-learning

Training courses and support

Quality improvement networks

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