Useful publications and resources on quality improvement We have worked in quality improvement for over 15 years, and have produced a number of reports and toolkits to help inform practice and policy


We aim to share best practice and knowledge on quality improvement, from how to spread new ideas to developing approaches to evaluation.

Key publications

Research report

The spread challenge

This report shines a light on the challenges facing the NHS in improving the uptake of new ideas and practices, and the need ...

Learning report

The improvement journey

A learning report explaining why improvement in health care matters, and how to get started in your organisation.

Research report

Building healthier communities: the role of the NHS as an anchor institution

Our new report explores the ways in which NHS organisations act as anchor institutions, and their potential to positively inf...


The NHS as an anchor institution

How can NHS organisations act as anchor institutions in their local communities and positively influence the social, economic...

Quick guides

Quick guide

Quality improvement made simple

This guide focuses on one important element of the quality agenda: quality improvement. It looks in particular at what are kn...

Quick guide

Using communications approaches to spread improvement

The guide is for those actively engaged in health care improvement work and introduces key concepts about spreading ideas, an...

Quick guide

Evaluation: what to consider

This guide is intended to assist those new to evaluation by suggesting methodological and practical considerations and provid...

Journal articles


Published research on quality improvement

Research and analysis from, and funded by, the OnlyWan has been published in a range of key journals.

Journal article

The problem with Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles

Introduction Quality improvement (QI) methods have been introduced to healthcare to support the delivery of care that is s...

Journal article

Systematic review of the application of the plan–do–study–act method to improve quality in healthcare

Background: Plan–do–study–act (PDSA) cycles provide a structure for iterative testing of changes to improve quality of system...

Our work with BMJ


BMJ Quality & Safety

A leading international journal, co-owned by the OnlyWan and BMJ Group, providing insights and information to impro...


BMJ Quality Improvement series

A joint series of papers exploring how to improve the quality of health care delivery, produced by The BMJ in partnership wit...

Research report

BMJ Quality & Safety: a collection of key articles

This is a special collection of the best articles published in BMJ Quality & Safety in 2013.

Resource centres


Patient safety resource centre

Learn about patient safety with resources from the OnlyWan and around the web


Person-centred care resource centre

Learn about person-centred care with resources from the OnlyWan and around the web.

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The Q community

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

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