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QI quick guides

This series of QI Quick Guides produced by the RCGP are an adaptation of the well-respected RCGP QI Guide for easy reference and use of the tools in day-to-day practice and in delivery of QI projects. You can read and navigate through them on the site or download them for reference later.

There are 29 QI quick guides on the website. This page displays the first 10 quick guides. To display more please click the "Show all" link at the bottom of the page.
  • The QI Wheel for Primary CareThis RCGP Quick guide explains the Quality Improvement wheel for primary care, a simple visual representation that illustrates the the main elements to consider in design, delivery and evaluation of a QI project, acting as a guide to the stages involved.
  • Context and CultureThis RCGP Quick guide helps practitioners to reflect on the context or environment in which a quality improvement intervention is to be introduced.
  • Engagement and Behaviorial ChangeThis RCGP Quick guide helps practitioners to think about creating the right conditions for all the individuals involved in improvement to be motivated and able to contribute to the best of their ability.
  • Patient InvolvementThis RCGP Quick guide helps practitioners to ensure that quality improvement work is designed to improve patients’ experience of care as well as their outcomes.
  • 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.
  • Process and Value Stream MappingThis RCGP Quick guide introduces process and value stream mapping, techniques that creates a visual representation of all the steps in a process.
  • Fishbone diagramThis RCGP Quick guide introduces Fishbone diagrams (also called cause and effect analysis) which are used to help to identify and display the root causes of a problem.
  • Clinical auditThis RCGP Quick guide provides the standard headings for a clinical audit report and gives tips on how to define and fulfil each section. It attempts to keep the process simple and will satisfy the requirements of General Medical Council (GMC) revalidation.
  • Significant event analysisThis RCGP Quick guide introduces Significant Event Analysis a technique to reflect on and learn from individual cases to improve quality of care overall.
  • Externally Sourced DataThis RCGP Quick guide provides a comprehensive list of links to data sources that may be useful when undertaking quality improvement work.
  • Diagnostic SurveyThis RCGP Quick guide introduces diagnostic survey, a frequently used method used to identify the needs of the target group for any improvement work.
  • Diagnostic AnalysisThis RCGP Quick guide introduces diagnostic analysis, a method used to examine the group which will be affected by a change and the setting in which that change will occur before the start of implementation of the change.
  • Appreciative InquiryThis RCGP Quick guide introduces appreciative inquiry, a method that help groups of people working together to learn more from their success and to build on these to generate further improvements.
  • Measurement and AnalysisThis RCGP Quick guide explains how measurement and analysis can tell us what we need to improve, then, once we’ve started to make changes, it can tell us if our efforts are making a difference.
  • Model for improvementThe model for improvement ensures that you and your team are very clear and specific about what you want to improve and how you will know if you have been successful.
  • Driver DiagramsThis RCGP Quick guide introduces driver diagrams, a tool to help you to organise your improvements in a logical way, so that everyone involved can see how the planned changes will lead to the desired improvement.
  • Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) approachThis RCGP Quick guide introduces the Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) approach, a technique that allows you to test out improvements in a controlled way so that change can occur gradually, with an awareness of unintended consequences.
  • Run chartsThis RCGP Quick guide introduces Run charts, a tool that allows practices to analyse data, with minimum use of statistical methods, and helps determine if an improvement has been made.
  • Care bundlesThis RCGP Quick guide introduces care bundles, an accepted method of measuring more than one indicator. They are useful when you wish to implement a series of indicators that are all important in achieving the outcome.
  • Communication MatrixThis RCGP Quick guide introduces the communication matrix, a systematic way of identifying members of the team and the themes they need to know in carrying out your improvement work.
  • Gantt ChartsThis RCGP Quick guide introduces Gantt charts, a tool that provides a visual representation of your project schedule which helps to identify a realistic timeframe for implementing a project.
  • Theory of Constraints and FlowThis RCGP Quick guide introduces the theory of constraints and flow, a methodology for identifying the most significant limiting factor – the constraint – which stands in the way of the organisation's goal being met.
  • Experience-Based Co-Design (EBCD)This RCGP Quick guide introduces Experience-Based Co-Design (EBCD), an approach that allows patients and staff to analyse and design services together.
  • Visual displaysThis RCGP Quick guide explains how visual displays can share your improvement data in an accessible format so that everyone involved knows if their improvement efforts are working.
  • EvaluationThis RCGP Quick guide explains how presenting an evaluation of any quality improvement activity undertaken can help share its results.
  • NetworksThis RCGP Quick guide explains that building networks of people with a common purpose and enthusiasm for positive change is a way of harnessing the power of ‘emergent change’.
  • Communication strategyThis RCGP Quick guide introduces communication strategy an improvement tool that plans how to spread the news of your improvement project. It includes both who to inform, and how to do so.
  • CollaborativesThis RCGP Quick guide introduces quality improvement collaboratives, groups of people meeting together to learn from and motivate one another.
  • Statistical process control chartsThis RCGP Quick guide introduces Statistical process control charts, a tool for displaying performance data to check if performance is continuing to be as expected.
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