Where can I find out more?

The following organisations provide information and case studies on quality improvement approaches, methods and principles.

Advancing Quality Alliance (Aqua)

A membership organisation within the NHS, providing quality improvement expertise, specialist learning and development and consultancy.


Centre for Sustainable Healthcare

A charity that is helping the NHS to fulfil its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by 80% by 2050. They have developed a framework to support improving health care holistically, by assessing quality and value through the lens of its environmental, social and economic costs and impacts to determine its ’sustainable value‘.


East London NHS Foundation Trust

The trust has set up a quality improvement microsite offering a wide range of improvement resources and tools for front-line teams.


Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS)

A health body that hosts an improvement hub (ihub) bringing together expertise, knowledge and best practice to support health and social care organisations to redesign and continuously improve their services.


Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP)

An independent organisation led by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the Royal College of Nursing and National Voices that aims to increase the impact of clinical audit on health care quality improvement.


Improvement Analytics Unit (IAU)

A partnership between NHS England and NHS Improvement and the Health Foundation that evaluates complex local initiatives in health care in order to support learning and improvement.


Improvement Cymru

The all-Wales improvement service for NHS Wales with expertise in developing, embedding and delivering system-wide improvements across health and social care.


Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

A US-based independent not-for-profit organisation that seeks to improve health care worldwide through building the will for change, cultivating promising concepts for improving care and helping health care systems to put them into action.


International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQuA)

A membership-based organisation dedicated to improving the quality and safety of health care through education, knowledge sharing, external evaluation and its networks of health care professionals.


The King’s Fund

A UK charity that seeks to understand how the health system can be improved, and works with individuals and organisations to shape policy, transform services and bring about behavioural change.


National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

The institute has developed a set of practical resources for those looking to improve the quality of care and services using NICE guidance.


NHS England and NHS Improvement

The health body hosts an improvement hub that includes improvement tools, resources and ideas from across the health sector.


NHS Providers

The membership organisation for NHS hospital, mental health, community and ambulance services has developed resources on improving quality and safety at organisation level.


NHS Quest

A member-convened network for NHS trusts that focus on improving quality and safety.



A connected community working together to improve health and care quality across the UK and Ireland. It gives professionals and patients the opportunity to connect, share and learn through a range of activities, including special interest groups, Q visits and Q labs.


Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP)

The college has set up QI Ready to support GPs and practice teams with quality improvement activities, including tools, guidance and case studies.


Royal College of Physicians Quality Improvement (RCPQI)

The college has developed resources, tools and courses to support clinicians and health care workers in their quality improvement work.



The external-facing quality improvement delivery arm of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. It supports teams to redesign processes, practices and services using quality improvement methodology.


Sheffield Microsystem Coaching Academy (MCA)

The academy aims to help multidisciplinary front-line teams rethink and redesign services – for example, through the Flow Coaching Academy – and offers a range of improvement resources, guides and stories.


Social Care Institute for Excellence

An independent charity that aims to identify and spread knowledge about good practice to the large and diverse social care workforce and to support the delivery of transformed, personalised social care services.


The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute

The institute aims to strengthen the evidence base for improving the quality and safety of health care. It undertakes research projects to create high quality practical learning and leads a fellowship programme to build skills in improvement research across the UK.


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