Getting a project started

Anybody working in or with HSC can start or be involved in a quality improvement project. It might be a small change that could make all the difference, or it might be something completely new.

We want to hear from anyone who works in or with HSC who has an idea for improvement. Don’t be afraid to share your idea with us.

Here are some simple steps you can take to help you begin your QI journey

1. Talk to someone in your Trust

If you work in the HSC your own Trust will have lots of QI resources, advice and support you can access.

Please link with your Trust contacts who can talk to you about your idea, tell you what training and support is on offer and connect you with others.

You can also read some useful advice in our training section.

2. Learn about the Tools that can help you

Why not access the IHI Getting Started: How to Improve tools.

These include support on:

  • Measures – Measurement is a critical part of testing and implementing changes; measures tell a team whether the changes they are making actually lead to improvement.
  • Changes for Improvement – While all changes do not lead to improvement, all improvement requires change. The ability to develop, test, and implement changes is essential for any individual, group, or organisation that wants to continuously improve.
  • Improvement Stories – To accelerate collective learning, and in the spirit of “all teach, all learn,” the stories and improvement reports shared on IHI.org describe the improvement journeys and experiences of individuals, teams, and organisations.
  • Tools – Many organizations have developed tools in the course of their improvement efforts — for example, successful protocols, order sets and forms, instructions and guidelines for implementing key changes — and are making them available on IHI.org for others to use or adapt in their own organisations.
  • IHI White Papers – IHI white papers are designed to share with readers the problems IHI is working to address; the ideas, changes, and methods IHI are developing and testing to help organisations make breakthrough improvements; and early results where they exist.
  • Audio and Video – A variety of improvement-related video and audio content, including a rich archive of WIHI audio broadcasts and related resources.