Quality Improvement

Quality Improvement (QI) is a commitment to continuously improving the quality of healthcare by focusing on the preferences and needs of the people who use the services. It is an evidence-based approach that helps primary care free up time to deliver initiatives and embed new approaches more effectively and efficiently into practice. QI helps GPs to make the most of their systems, organisations, talents and expertise to deliver better outcomes for patients.

CIRC recognises its role in taking the initiative around the quality agenda and that there is a need to reflect our members' experiences. In primary care, we don’t have time or resources to spend on things that don't work, don't serve our patients, and that could be done more efficiently or effectively. 'What good looks like' changes over time and we want to encourage everyone to engage in QI activities on a broader level, irrespective of where they are on the quality spectrum.

Engagement with QI activities is a mandatory part of the curriculum for GP trainees. This guidance outlines how to approach such a project, a structure for receiving formative feedback from the educational supervisor, and some tips on avoiding common pitfalls.

QI Ready

QI Ready is a free online tool to support GPs and practice teams in better understanding QI methodologies and undertaking QI activities, including an online learning network and a series of QI learning modules. It is your starting place for all QI tools, guidance and case studies.

RCGP's Quality Improvement Guide for General Practice

To meet the challenge of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the services GPs and their teams offer patients, a quality improvement approach is vital. This guide demonstrates accessible and workable interventions at practice level.

Current QI Projects

This is a growing list of QI approaches being piloted or fully delivered in practice. Most have a clinical area specific approach, and we encourage you to either reproduce these themes within your practice and apply the methodologies to other clinical areas.

QI Regional Champions 

To support CIRC’s quality improvement programme of work, we are recruiting QI Regional Champions on a voluntary basis to raise awareness and improve understanding of quality improvement in primary care. If you would be interested in finding out more about the role or to join the network, please get in touch with the team at QualityImprovement@rcgp.org.uk

More on QI Regional Champions

 

For further information or to contribute to these resources please contact QualityImprovement@rcgp.org.uk

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