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Improvement science

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Improvement science is research 
to identify and demonstrate the best and most appropriate methods for improvement in the quality and safety of health services.

Improvement science is the ‘containing’ ring of the QI wheel because it is the big picture context for your QI work.

This section of the website signposts you to other improvement methodologies that you and your team may wish to explore.

  • GP Excellence Programme newsletter January 2020The January issue of the GP Excellence programme newsletter covers: the forthcoming Practice Managers Conference and GP Complaints Handling workshops, the support offer fromn AQuA to help practices to achieve the QI domain of the QoF, Free PMA e-learning opportunities for non-clinical staff, a QI case study, a spotlight on primary care based research and much more.
  • Quality improvement: prescribing and patient safety reportsThe RCGP and Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) have developed confidential bespoke practice and patient-level drug prescribing reports, available for free for GP practices contributing to CPRD.
  • Post CCT GP Fellowship Programme 2019/2020Details of 36 GP Fellowship posts available as part of a programme led by Health Education England to support newly qualified GPs to develop the leadership and advanced clinical skills required for the future of GP development.
  • Time for Care Quality Improvement for General Practice NursesTime for Care Quality Improvement for General Practice Nurses is a two day programme designed for all nurses working in general practice across North West and North East England.  
  • Integrated Clinical Academic bridging schemeThe Integrated Clinical Academic (ICA) bridging scheme led by Health Education England North and the National Institute for Health Research offers a 12-month post-doctoral programme with an individual award of up to £34,000 and up to £10,000 for the 6/12 month pre-doctoral programme.
  • Personal Professional Development in Public Health or Primary CareThe Personal Professional Development course meets the training needs of health professionals who are either interested in a career in public health or want to develop new skills in a specific area of public health, primary care or research methods.
  • MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional PracticeThe MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice gives allied healthcare professionals the knowledge and skills they need to enhance their practice and prepare for leadership roles. The course is aimed at registered professionals such as dieticians, audiologists, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, paramedics and occupational therapists who seek continuing professional development opportunities.
  • MRes Primary CareThe MRes Primary Care course is an innovative distance learning research degree that provides an introduction to research development, mainly for those currently in the healthcare workforce who wish to become researchers or pursue a research pathway within their profession.
  • MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Nursing)The MSc in Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice gives registered nurses the knowledge and skills they need to enhance their practice and prepare for leadership roles.
  • MSc Clinical PharmacyThis masters degree in offfers part-time distance and blended learning options that enable practitioners to develop clinical, leadership and research skills while working as a pharmacist.
  • We need to talk about suicide – eLearning programme'We need to talk about suicide: helping everyone to feel more confident to talk about suicide' is an eLearning programme that has been developed for the wider public health workforce including voluntary sector, blue light services, prison staff and prison listeners health and social care.
  • Quality Improvement to drive earlier cancer diagnosisCancer Research UK and Dr Bill Taylor (RCGP Clinical Lead for building QI capability) invite you to attend a half day workshop focused on using quality improvement techniques to drive the early diagnosis of cancer in primary care.
  • The General Practice podcastsThe General Practice podcasts published by Ockham Healthcare cover a wide range of issues faced by general practitioners and colleuegs in local primary care teams.
  • Primary care developmentThis briefing outlines training and masterclasses organised by the Royal College of General Practitioners for non clinical practice staff working in primary care. Whether you’re looking to train non-clinical practice staff, further develop your practice managers or seeking to improve or support practices, the RCGP is here as your independent, critical-friend to support and facilitate.
  • Time for Care learning in action programmeThe Time for Care programme is at the heart of the General Practice Forward View's support for practices to redesign their care and manage demand more sustainably. Using a variety of means this initiative provided by the NHS England Sustainable Improvement team will give every practice in England the chance to learn about proven innovations that release time for care.
  • General Practice Improvement Leaders ProgrammeThe General Practice Improvement Leaders Programme is a free training programme designed for GPs, practice managers, nurses, project managers and facilitators working in general practice to support the GP Forward View. The programme provided by NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement team offers step-by-step tools and techniques to help build skills and confidence to lead service redesign in general practice.
  • Diploma in Advanced Primary Care ManagementThis is a comprehensive diploma for people who are managing primary care and are becoming responsible for creating and running primary care provision at scale including primary care networks, new care models, GP super practices and GP or other primary care federations.
  • e-Learning for Healthcaree-Learning for Healthcare offers an extensive catalogue of e-learning programmes that enhance traditional learning, support existing teaching methods and provide a valuable reference point which can be accessed anytime, anywhere.
  • The Coaching AcademyThe Coaching Academy developed by the Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for the North West Coast, offers online e-learning courses that are free to health and care colleagues to support innovation and improvement.
  • Life QIThe Life QI online platform is a project and programme management tool for quality improvement, using quality improvement approaches and techniques.
  • Spreading the adoption of innovation into practiceIn this video published by The King's Fund Liz Mear, Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency, shares her experiences of working with within Academic Health Sceence Networks (AHSNs) to spread the adoption of innovation into practice across the NHS.
  • Quality Improvement Toolkit For Early Diagnosis Of CancerThis toolkit is to help GPs and their practice teams to improve their early diagnosis of cancer principally by using the findings from the National Cancer Diagnosis Audit (NCDA). The NCDA is an audit of primary and secondary care data of patients diagnosed with cancer. It ...
  • Making the case for quality improvement: lessons for NHS boards and leadersThis briefing paper co-authored by The King's Fund and The Health Foundation outlines 10 lessons for NHS leaders that provide a starting point for leaders seeking to embed quality improvement in their work.
  • Quality Improvement toolkits – GP OneThe former Public Health Wales Primary Care Quality Team are now incorporated within the Primary and Community Care Development and Innovation Hub, and have developed a series of quality improvement toolkits to assist practices in collating and reviewing information. From information received, practices still find ...
  • Effective interface – RCGP ScotlandEffective Interface is an e-learning module to assist GPs and consultant colleagues to identify and provide solutions to problems that exist at the primary/secondary care interface.
  • QI Ready eLearning modulesThe RCGP has produced eLearning modules to compliment the QI Ready network and self-accreditation process. There are a suite of three modules that will assist you in better understanding quality improvement methodologies.
  • RCGP Quick guide: Improvement ScienceThis RCGP Quick guide introduces improvement science, a relatively new academic field that aims to identify the best methods for improving the quality and safety of healthcare.2 comments
  • QI Ready self-accreditationQI Ready is a self approval tool to assist you in better understanding quality improvement methodologies. It offers clear examples of QI in practice and will help you to improve your knowledge and skills in this field.
  • An Illustrated Look at Quality Improvement in Health CareIn this video, Dr. Mike Evans, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, starts with a simple question: Why should you care about quality improvement? He presents a brief history of QI, then touches on system design, the Model for Improvement, and the familiar challenge, "What can you do by next Tuesday?" - all in less than nine minutes!
  • Healthcare science transforming patient care: Case studies from the National Healthcare Science Quality Improvement Champions GroupThis brochure contains a selection of case studies submitted by the membership of the QIC group to promote their contribution to transforming healthcare science services out in the community and ultimately improving patient care.
  • QI Session at RCGP Conference 2015In this short video QI experts, Dr Bill Taylor and Dr Joanna Bircher, talk you through how and why GPs and ppractice teams can use Quality Improvement tools and methods to achieve better outcomes for their patients and practices.
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