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Name Provider Description
Quality Improvement Zone NHS Education for Scotland The Quality Improvement Zone provides information and resources to support people with experience at all levels of quality improvement to develop their knowledge
WIHI: Seven Popular Improvement Tools: How (and When) to Use Them - Podcast Institute for Healthcare Improvement

"At IHI, we do our best to keep our fingers on the pulse of the health care improvement world — what trends are emerging, what projects are happening, and what improvers need to do their work. And improvement tools clearly make a difference. In fact, in March of this year, in just one month, you downloaded IHI’s tools about 16,500 times. So, for this WIHI, we want to make sure you’re getting the most out of them, and when to use these tools in your improvement work.

With guidance from improvement experts David Williams and Susan Hannah, we tackled those questions and more on the May 18 WIHI, Seven Popular Improvement Tools: How (and When) to Use Them."

Quality Improvement Essential Toolkit Institute for Healthcare Improvement IHI’s QI Essentials Toolkit includes the tools and templates you need to launch and manage a successful improvement project. Each of the ten tools in the toolkit includes a short description, instructions, an example, and a blank template.
Supporting improvement in primary care Health Foundation

Quality improvement in primary care is challenging, but interest and expertise is growing. In this newsletter, the Health Foundation share successful tools and approaches developed within the sector, looking at some of the projects they have funded to improve quality and build improvement capacity in primary care over the last decade.

Open School video library Institute for Healthcare Improvement

With more than 150 titles, this video library offers quick instruction on a wide range of health care improvement topics. Every video comes with discussion questions, learning objectives, and a facilitator guide so you can deepen the learning in a group setting.​​​

Please see below a list of example topics that can be found online:

NHS Improvement directory

NHS Improvement A list of websites that provide online improvement tools, resources or networks on health and social care.

Tools and Toolkits:

Life QI East Midlands Academic Health Science Network

Life QI is an online platform that has been designed to support and help manage Quality Improvement (QI) work in health and social care. The platform makes it easy for teams to run quality improvement projects, and for organisations to report on QI activity.

Being a member of Life enables users to:

  •  Share and collaborate on existing national and local projects
  • Access to reporting tools (SPC charts and driver diagrams)
  • Connect with other QI professionals to share ideas and discuss challenges

Life QI is provided free of charge by EMAHSN.

Read more and sign up to Life QI here.

Life QI has recently been updated.  This article provides some answers to FAQ about the changes.

Quality Improvement Resource Pack The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

This free, online resource pack aims to improve communication, build a safety-based culture and deliver better health outcomes for children and young people.

It includes informative presentations and useful tools with worked examples in six areas:

  • Quality improvement
  • Patient safety culture
  • Structured communication
  • Recognising deterioration
  • The 'huddle' Evaluation and spread.

QI Ready will prepare and support GPs and practice staff to undertake QI activities in practices. The tool will be made up of a self-accreditation system and a online learning network. It is available to all GPs, practice staff and those with an interest in QI in primary care.You can access and register on the  online learning network online.

Always Events Toolkit The Institute for Healthcare Improvement The  provides specific guidance for health care leaders and point-of-care teams in partnering with patients and their care partners to co-design, reliably implement, and sustain and spread Always Events to dramatically improve the care experience.
DIY Toolkit The Open University The Open University has partnered with Nesta and The Rockefeller Foundation to create, an online learning programme in innovation. Based on Nesta’s DIY Toolkit, it includes ten practical modules. DIY Learn is quick to use, simple to apply and designed to help busy development practitioners invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results.
Sustainability Model The national Archives The is a diagnostic tool that will identify strengths and weaknesses in your implementation plan and predict the likelihood of sustainability for your improvement initiative.
Spread and Adoption tool The national Archives This tool represents what we know about spread and adoption. It will help you increase the scale and pace of the spread and adoption of improvement and innovation in the NHS.
Change Challenge HSJ Explore this interactive toolkit which identifies the barriers to change in the NHS and practical solutions – as identified by NHS staff and service users.
 communications in health care improvement toolkit The Health Foundation This toolkit is for health care professionals working in improvement who want to understand and use communications to better plan, implement and spread their work. The toolkit takes you, step by step, through the practical actions necessary to harness the power of communications to your cause. It also gives you access to a range of individual tools, templates and support materials to help create communications plans, craft messages or map your audiences.


QI Tools: The Red Bead Experiment

The Red Bead Experiment, created by W. Edwards Deming, demonstrates what happens when a manager tries to improve quality by rewarding and punishing workers for organizational performance. Improvement teams can use this short video-based activity on the Red Bead Experiment, featuring IHI Senior Fellow Dr. Don Berwick, to highlight key learning about systems thinking, variation, and teamwork and leadership for improvement.

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety in Healthcare

This is a video created by students at UT Southwestern Medical School for the

Office of Quality, Safety, & Outcomes Education to explain and promote

quality improvement and patient safety in healthcare.


Quality Improvement in Healthcare

In this video, Dr Mike Evans talks about Quality Improvement in Healthcare.

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