Using clinical communities to improve quality – The Health Foundation – December 2013

Posted on December 20, 2013. Filed under: Clin Governance / Risk Mgmt / Quality, Health Systems Improvement | Tags: |

Using clinical communities to improve quality – The Health Foundation – December 2013

“Gaps are often found between how healthcare should be delivered, as defined by high-quality evidence, and the care that patients actually receive. Closing these gaps is an important priority for health systems everywhere. But finding the right structures to facilitate improvement is not easy.

This report introduces an approach – the clinical community – used by the Health Foundation’s Closing the Gap through Clinical Communities programme to support and secure improvements in health systems across multiple sites. The programme supported 11 clinical communities to come together around shared goals, to learn from each other but with the latitude to develop and apply local solutions. The programme has led to a range of improvements in the quality of care which continue to be sustained today.

Drawing on the evaluation of the programme, the report outlines ten key lessons for getting the approach to work in practice and avoiding potential pitfalls:”

… continues on the site

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