General Practitioners and GP teams are expected to take part in Quality Improvement work.
• GP trainees need to complete QI work as part of their Work Place Based Assessments
• Qualified GPs need to complete QI as part of their appraisal.
• GP Clusters are expected to engage in peer led QI activity within and across practices.
Improving ‘quality’ can mean many things. It can mean improving the safety, effectiveness, efficiency, patient centredness or equity of our work. It can also include improving the well-being of team members, reducing everyday work hassles and making work better.
Quality Improvement involves reflecting and evaluating on current work using a specific method leading to change
For some, involvement in QI can seem like extra work in an already busy day. Many of us are changing and improving ways of working and may not realise we are already doing QI. We have developed some resources that we hope will make it easier for busy professionals to use to either direct QI work or to write up work they are doing.
Quality Improvement Activities (QIAs) are activities that involve using a specific method to reflect and evaluate current work resulting in the implementation of changes.
Quality Improvement Projects (QIPs) involve testing and implementing changes while collecting data.
The QI zone has numerous emodules and handy resources for effectively using QI tools during a project.
This online learning resource includes several short videos that describe each part of the QI project and the different QI tools that can be used. A QI project planner can be completed while watching the videos to generate a QI plan.