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Innovation and Improvement Clearinghouse

*The Innovation and Improvement Clearinghouse is a Ko Awatea resource supporting health system innovation and improvement.


What's new - Latest MUST Reads
Selected documents and resources
Selected learning opportunities
Staying current
Innovation and improvement at Counties Manukau Health & Ko Awatea
Innovation hubs (NZ)
Innovation hubs (International)


What's New

Spotlight on Innovation and Improvement.  Latest MUST Reads





We are in a 'hospital-at-home' revolution. How do we prevent it from becoming 'hospital 2.0?'

The Advisory Board

Despite decades of global evidence, hospital-at-home models remained in “pilot phase” until last year. But Covid-19 changed that: providers everywhere are now rushing to implement and scale models of their own. Read on to learn about the biggest pitfall acute providers run into when scaling their programs, and three tips on how to avoid it.


Five things we learned from our work on NHS productivity

Health Foundation

Maximising productivity is critical if the NHS is to survive the pressures it faces in the aftermath of COVID-19 and from the long-term growth in demand for health care. Our new long read highlights practical changes that can improve productivity, and suggests policy also needs to pay attention to whether health care organisations are ready and able to shift to new ways of working. Here we summarise the key learning points. 


Editorial: Sustaining quality improvement efforts: emerging principles and practice (Robert E Burke, Perla J Marang-van de Mheen)

BMJ Quality & Safety

Do we care if a quality improvement (QI) innovation is effective, if it is not sustained? This uncomfortable question is increasingly important as healthcare is judged (and reimbursed) on ‘quality’ and ‘value’. Often, a sentinel safety event or dip in performance on a quality measure tied to reimbursement spurs a ‘quick fix’ mentality. However, considering how to ‘fix the problem’ in such a way that it is permanently fixed—in other words—that the ‘fix’ becomes part of everyday practice routines, is essential. This is not easy.

Reviews of the extant literature point out how little we know about how to do this successfully1–4 and conceptual models drawing on this literature also vary widely in what they consider to be important key contributors to sustainability.5–9 When empirical literature does exist, it often demonstrates the lack of sustainability of QI interventions,10 11 and almost no studies describe how QI interventions became adopted in practice and why.


Evaluating diabetes care quality improvement strategies used by clinical teams in five primary care practices in New Zealand

New Zealand Medical Journal

Despite the rapid growth of evidence on quality improvement (QI) strategies for improving diabetes care, much research has focused on single strategies, whereas, in typical practice, multiple strategies are used concurrently.




Setting up an emergency medical task force to manage the demands of COVID-19: experiences of a London teaching hospital

BMJ Leader

A centralised COVID-19 team was established on 16 March within the postgraduate medical education (PME) centre to address varied facets of the redeployment response. The ‘COVID-19 PME task force’ consisted of doctors from multiple specialties and different levels of training. Initially tasked with leading the design of COVID-19 rotas for over 400 junior doctors, it became apparent that the group could lead on many aspects of the hospital’s response. The task force developed a comprehensive, collaborative and adaptable leadership approach, aiming to empower each member to realise solutions to matters arising in real-time regardless of seniority.


Archive of "Must Reads"


Health in the news

Health in the news - weekly update [free subscription]


Research Review [NZ]
Research Review is an independent publishing company that harnesses the expertise of New Zealand's leading specialists to select and advise on the most important medical research and the local implications. We condense what's important and bring it to subscribers on a regular basis as a four page summary with a specialist opinion and a web link to the full study. The Reviews keep medical professionals up to date in over 40 interest areas.

Health Systems Evidence database
Maintained by McMaster University this database is a comprehensive, free access point for evidence to support policy makers, stakeholders and researchers interested in how to strengthen or reform health systems or in how to get cost-effective programs, services and drugs to those who need them.

BMJ Quality improvement Reports
A new searchable repository of global quality improvement evidence and best practice.
Search BMJ Quality improvement Reports
or Browse by topic
Implementation Science
Implementation Science is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that aims to publish research relevant to the scientific study of methods to promote the uptake of research findings into routine healthcare in clinical, organisational or policy contexts.
Healthcare Transformation
Peer-reviewed, open access journalzine, delivers foremost research in re-imagining healthcare delivery, education, technology, innovation, and discovery.
Health system quality dashboard
Health & Quality Safety Commission (NZ)
Counties Manukau Health Library Innovation and Improvement Clearinghouse Super Search
A customised google super search engine to retrieve the latest news, developments and publications from more than 70 leading innovation hubs worldwide.
Research HINTS
When searching databases such as PubMed / Medline / CINAHL add "quality improvement" as a subject heading ( MeSH) to your search.
When looking for Randomised Controlled Trials and/or Systematic Reviews in an area identified for improvement do your subject search on PubMed and then use the 'Article type' filter to only include RCTs and systematic reviews in your results list.
Example :
SEARCH: AND "quality improvement"[MeSH Major Topic] AND (Randomized Controlled Trial[ptyp] OR systematic[sb])

Search Strategy Used to Create the Systematic Reviews Subset on PubMed

This strategy is intended to retrieve citations identified as systematic reviews, meta-analyses, reviews of clinical trials, evidence-based medicine, consensus development conferences, guidelines, and citations to articles from journals specializing in review studies of value to clinicians. This filter can be used in a search as systematic [sb].

     Example: exercise hypertension AND systematic [sb]

This filter is also available on the Filters sidebar under "Article types." It is also available on the Clinical Queries screen.  Use the  'Clinical Queries'  search template in PubMed to identify Systematic Reviews on your topic of interest.
When reviewing abstracts identified in your search results on PubMed use the 'Similar articles' and 'Cited by' features to read more widely on the topic.

Selected documents and resources


Quality improvement made simple. What everyone should know about health care quality improvement
The Health Foundation (2021)

The Health Foundation in the UK has produced an updated third edition of their Quality improvement made simple guide. According to the Health Foundation, improving quality is about making health care safe, effective, patient-centred, timely, efficient and equitable. It’s about giving the people closest to problems affecting care quality the time, permission, skills and resources they need to solve them. Quality improvement involves the use of a systematic and coordinated approach to solving a problem using specific methods and tools with the aim of bringing about a measurable improvement within a health care setting. This guide offers an explanation of some popular approaches used to improve quality, including where they have come from, their underlying principles and their efficacy and applicability within the healthcare arena. It also describes the factors that can help to ensure the successful use of these approaches and methods to improve the quality of care processes, pathways and services.

A Guide to Patient Safety Improvement: Integrating Knowledge Translation & Quality Improvement Approaches
Canadian Patient Safety Institute (2020)
When it comes to patient safety, a substantial body of evidence exists to demonstrate interventions (leading practices and processes) that lead to improved patient outcomes for numerous healthcare conditions. Despite available evidence, practice changes are not implemented consistently and effectively to support organizations and teams to address patient safety challenges.

This resource has been designed to support teams across all healthcare sectors in using a Knowledge Translation and Quality Improvement integrated approach to change that will impact patient safety outcomes. This Guide for Patient Safety Improvement is intended to accompany current best available evidence change ideas, and tools and resources for your specific project. It includes ideal practice changes “the what” and strategies “the how” that creates the evidence-based intervention. Adaptations are expected and important considerations for implementation will be provided in this guide.

What influences improvement processes in healthcare? :A rapid evidence review
RAND Corporation (2020)
The Healthcare Improvement Studies (THIS) Institute commissioned RAND Europe to conduct a rapid evidence review of the academic and grey literature, to draw out initial learning about what influences quality improvement processes in healthcare, and to inform potential themes to explore in future research.

Key Findings

We identified and reviewed 38 academic and 16 grey literature publications covering diverse improvement approaches. Some examples include Six Sigma, Lean, Business Process Reengineering, Plan-Do-Study-Act, clinical audits and feedback, quality improvement collaboratives and peer-learning communities, training and education interventions, and patient engagement and feedback-related interventions.

Key influences on improvement processes in healthcare
Based on the reviewed literature, six key factors influence the implementation of improvement efforts:

Relationships and interactions that support an improvement culture
Skills and competencies
Use of data
Patient and public involvement, engagement and participation
Working as an interconnected system of individuals and organisations, influenced by internal and external contexts

This review also attempted to go beyond identifying these high-level influences by explaining what specific aspects of the influencing factors are important for quality improvement. The report provides a detailed analysis of influencing factors across the six categories outlined above, as well as summary tables for each.


Implementation Science Resource Directory
Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH)
With an increasing focus by health services, government and funding bodies on implementing evidence into practice and policy, Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH) has developed a free online directory of implementation science tools and resources for students, clinicians and researchers to make it easier to find resources that support efforts to improve routine practice and care.  

The new MACH Implementation Science Resource Directory conveniently brings together diverse digital tools and resources into a central location to support health implementation efforts by beginners and experts.


Value-Based Healthcare Toolkit ( Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement: 2020)

Value-Based Healthcare (VBHC) is becoming a leading approach to improving patient and health system outcomes around the world. It is one-way of organizing healthcare to transform health outcomes.

VBHC is about linking the dollars spent to outcomes that matter to patients, rather than to the volumes of services, processes or products that may or may not achieve those outcomes.

VBHC aims to deliver services that are high value, scale back or drop those that do not, and/or re-balance the mix of services to improve the ratio of outcomes to overall costs. The goal is better outcomes at the same or lower total cost.

The purpose of this toolkit is to provide information and guidance to those who are interested in learning about value-based healthcare (VBHC); those who are thinking about implementing it; and those who are ready to assess and improve their current VBHC initiatives.

Creating a culture of excellence: how healthcare leaders can build and sustain continuous improvement (KPMG: 2019)
At a time when healthcare faces growing challenges globally, KPMG International set out to learn how leading healthcare organizations around the world are successfully building and sustaining a culture of continuous improvement. As part of this report we have produced a short series of video interviews with a number of international contributors, who share their perspectives and learning.

Quality improvement (BMJ; Health Foundation, 2018 -)
The BMJ and the Health Foundation have launched a joint series of papers exploring how to improve the delivery of healthcare. The series aims to discuss the evidence for systematic quality improvement, provide knowledge and support to clinicians, and ultimately to help improve care for patients.

How do we ensure that innovation in health service delivery and organization is implemented, sustained and spread? (WHO: 2018)
This policy brief (i) reviews the main frameworks and factors that have been identified as supportive for the successful introduction of innovation in service organization and delivery and (ii) illustrates these factors using selected examples of service innovations in European countries.

Improving the quality of health services: tools and resources. Turning recommendations into practice (WHO, 2018)The World Health Organization (WHO) has released this document that compiles together a range of WHO resources with the aim of supporting the implementation of quality improvement approaches to make health services more effective, safe and people-centred. The compilation lists the main quality improvement tools and resources currently used within WHO’s Department of Service Delivery and Safety. However, as is noted, this compendium is not an exhaustive list of quality improvement interventions.

From PES to PDSA: A guide to using the patient experience survey portal for quality improvement (HQSC, 2018)From PES to PDSA outlines how to use the patient experience reporting portal for quality improvement.  Written collaboratively with the Commission's quality improvement team, this document breaks down Plan, Do, Study, Act cycles into well-defined steps so you can streamline quality improvement activities within your primary health organisation or general practice.

Embedding a culture of quality improvement (KingsFund, 2017)
This report explores the factors that have helped organisations to launch a quality improvement strategy and sustain a focus on quality improvement. We identified three common themes for successfully launching a quality improvement strategy: having a clear rationale; ensuring staff are ready for change; understanding the implications for the organisation’s leadership team in terms of style and role. 

10 IHI Innovations to Improve Health and Health Care  (IHI, 2017)
About 10 years ago, IHI established a Research and Development team and a systematic process of 90-day innovation cycles to tackle some of the vexing issues in health care. A new publication, 10 IHI Innovations to Improve Health and Health Care, curates some key ideas that have emerged from this systematic approach, and reshaped how and what IHI has committed itself to over the years — including the Triple Aim, the concept of a health care Campaign, the Breakthrough Series Collaborative model, among others. 

Making the case for quality improvement: lessons for NHS boards and leaders ( Kings Fund / Health Foundation, 2017)
This briefing makes the case for quality improvement to be at the heart of local plans for redesigning services. The briefing does this by drawing on existing literature and examples from within the NHS of where quality has been improved and describing how this was done. It describes the potential benefits from investing in quality improvement – including for patients, staff and the financial sustainability of the system. 

Embedding quality improvement skills: guides to build improvement capacity and capability (NHS Improvement, 2017)
These guides are for organisations seeking to begin or build on their improvement capacity and capability.

Leading large scale change: A practical guide to leading large scale change through complex health and social care environments (NHS, 2017)

Quality Improvement Essentials Toolkit (IHI, 2017)
IHI’s QI Essentials Toolkit includes the tools and templates you need to launch and manage a successful improvement project. Each of the ten tools in the toolkit includes a short description, instructions, an example, and a blank template.

BMJ Quality Improvement Series (BMJ, 2018)
The BMJ has, in conjunction with The Health Foundation, launched a joint series of paper on how to improve the quality of healthcare delivery.

What we know about designing an effective improvement intervention (but too often fail to put into practice) [BMJ Quality & Safety, 2017)       

Open innovation in health: A guide to transforming healthcare through collaboration [Nesta, 2017] 

Caring for Quality in Health: Lessons Learnt from 15 Reviews of Health Care Quality [OECD, 2017]

Care Redesign Guide [IHI, 2017] 

Building the foundations for improvement: how five UK trusts built quality improvement capability at scale within their organisations [Health Foundation]

Exploring the links between quality improvement strategies and organisational outcomes in four New Zealand district health boards [NZ MoH, 2016]

Performance Improvement Framework: Core Guide 3: Getting to great: Lead reviewer insights from the Performance Improvement Framework [NZ State Services Commission] 

Evaluation: what to consider. Commonly asked questions about how to approach quality improvement in health care [Health Foundation]

Communications in health care improvement - a tool kit [Health Foundation]

Using communications approaches to spread improvement [Health Foundation]

Overcoming challenges to improving quality [Health Foundation, 2012]

Findings from a survey of healthcare delivery innovation centers [Commonwealth Fund]

Improving quality and achieving equity: a guide for hospital leaders [Disparities Solutions Centre]

Roadmap to Reduce Disparities: a six-step framework for healthcare organisations to improve minority health and foster equity [Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change]

The Art of Making Change - theories, approaches, tools and techniques for creating meaningful change [Leadership Centre, 2015]

A guide to quality improvement methods [HQIP, 2015]

Quality improvement made simple: what everyone should know about healthcare quality improvement [Health Foundation, 2016]

RCEM Quality Improvement Guide: a practical guide for clinicians undertaking quality improvement in Emergency Departments [RCEM, 2016]

Evidence scan: Quality improvement training for healthcare professionals [Health Foundation, 2016]

Crossing the quality chasm:a new health system for the 21st century [NAP. 2001]
see also 10 New Rules to accelerate healthcare redesign

Improving care delivery through Lean: implementation case studies [AHRQ, 2014]

The CAHPS Improvement Guide [AHRQ]

Improving Patient Safety in Hospitals: A Resource List for Users of the AHRQ Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture [AHRQ]
This document contains references to Web sites that provide practical resources hospitals can use to implement changes to improve patient safety culture and patient safety.

Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence [SQUIRE]

Designing and growing innovation: a case study [State Services Commission study of Canterbury District Health Board]

Experience Based Co-Design Toolkit [Kings Fund]

Health Service Co-Design Toolkit [Waitemata DHB, NZ]

Creative Approaches to Problem Solving: Methods Toolkit - [Q Improvement]
A fabulous free toolkit of 25 methods for creative problem solving. There are many of Helen Bevan's favourite tools here, all well explained & organised by objectives

Co-design: shared perspectives on authentic co-design: putting consumers and carers at the center of mental health reform (Co-design Initiative, 2016)

The quest for integrated health and social care: a case study in Canterbury, New Zealand [The Kings Fund]

Stewarding regional health transformation: a guide for changemakers [ReThink Health, 2015]

Global Diffusion of Healthcare Innovation - Report of the GDHI Working Group 2015

Performance Improvement Framework [NZ State Services Commission]

Who's who in healthcare sustainability? [Counties Manukau Health]

 see also


Case Studies, Posters and Examples of Innovative Practice:
Accreditation Canada; IHI

Case Studies, Posters and Examples of Innovative Practice:
Commonwealth FundHealth Foundation; Ko Awatea KoLabNHS Improving QualityNHS Scotland

Kings Fund Reading Lists
Contain selected references on a wide range of healthcare topics

Kings Fund Reading Lists
Contain selected references on a wide range of healthcare topics


Selected learning opportunities


Ko Awatea
Exciting programme of courses, workshops and learning events hosted by Ko Awatea 

Ko Awatea LEARN
LEARN is an interprofessional educational community that gives healthcare professionals the skills they need to become change agents in health care improvement.  We’re talking about skills like quality improvement, patient safety, communication, leadership, and patient-centered care. Leaders are looking for these skills, and patients expect providers to have them.

Improving Together
Improving Together is a national learning programme that focusses on quality improvement for people delivering education, social services and health services. You can find out how improvement methodologies accelerate learning and innovation, and how it can be applied to improve the quality of social service delivery in New Zealand.

Improvement Knowledge and Skills Guide [ HSE, Ireland]
This guide will help to support the ongoing learning and professional development of all staff both clinical and non-clinical by providing a list of improvement knowledge and skills which can help to educate, train and guide staff on how to deliver improvement in the health service.

LEAN Thinking
LEAN Thinking is a methodology that will help you improve quality of care, increase efficiency of processes, and identify and eliminate waste. LEAN Thinking evolved in the manufacturing industry but is now routinely applied in the health sector. This course introduces the LEAN methodology and a number of associated tools to implement the methodology in your work environment.

Lifehack Resource Library
Guidelines and workshops to support design thinking to support better health outcomes. Lifehack is a space where people can come together to develop new approaches, projects and ventures, with young people at the centre of the process. We bridge backgrounds, skill sets and place, and empower young people and communities to redefine their own version of success. In short, Lifehack is the R&D ground for Youth Wellbeing interventions.

The School for Change Agents
Develop the skills to make a difference and create change in your organisation on this course targeted at health and care staff.

IHI Open School Video Library (videos)
The growing library of freely available IHI Open School videos is one way to learn from health care leaders and experts from around the world as they share bite-sized pearls of knowledge and advice. In the newly reorganized IHI Open School Video Library, browse by topics such as improvement capability; patient safety; person- and family-centered care; Triple Aim for populations; quality, cost, and value; and leadership.

Health Improvement Scotland QI Global Webex series
Hour long webinars from global leaders in health care transformation and innovation.

Risky Business
Exceptional talks sharing ideas on risk, culture, human performance, teams and leaders.

TedMed talks (videos)
TEDMED is the independently owned and operated health and medicine edition of the TED conference, dedicated to “ideas worth spreading.” TED Talks have been viewed online over two billion times around the world.
"TEDMED convenes and curates extraordinary people and ideas from all disciplines both inside and outside of medicine in pursuit of unexpected connections that accelerate innovation in health and medicine".

Stanford Centre for Professional Development: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Series
View online, without charge, webinars, seminars, and lectures presented by Stanford faculty, industry experts, and senior researchers.
see also Institute of Design at Stanford
A range of free resources, and learning experiences to develop design thinking. Includes a virtual "90 minute crash course in design thinking".

Leadership in Healthcare: a Clearinghouse of Resources for Health Professionals
Curated by the Counties Manukau health Library


Staying current



Grey Matter
Research Review [NZ]
Health Improvement and Innovation Digest -
NZ Ministry of Health Library roundup of literature, research, tools and case studies
Health Roundtable Roundup
On the Radar [ACSQHC)
Health Quality & Safety Commission e-update


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Counties Manukau Health [NZ]
Counties Manukau Health Library [NZ]
Health Affairs
Health Foundation
Health Quality and Safety Commission [NZ]
Health Research Council New Zealand [NZ]
Health Roundtable
Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
Ministry of Health (NZ)
National Institute for Health Innovation [NZ]
Nuffield Trust
Nursing Review New Zealand [NZ]
NZ Doctor [NZ]
Quality Watch [UK]
Research Review NZ [NZ]
TeamHQi [NZ]
The King's Fund


Innovation and improvement at Counties Manukau Health & Ko Awatea


Counties Manukau Health Performance and Planning
- Health Targets
- Serious Adverse Events
- Planning Documents
- Health Status Documents

Quality Improvement at Counties Manukau Health: A case study evaluation


Ko Awatea Publications


Health Transformation series

Creating Systems (Healthcare Transformation Book 1)
by David Galler , Jonathon Gray , Muir Gray [Kindle edition]
September 2015 LINK

Population Medicine (Healthcare Transformation Book 2)
by Jonathon Gray, Karina McHardy, Muir Gray  [Kindle edition]
June 2015 LINK

Creating Culture (Healthcare Transformation Book 3)
by Geraint Martin, Jonathon Gray, Mataroria Lyndon, Lynne Maher, Muir Gray [Kindle edition]
September 2015 LINK

Knowledge Management (Healthcare Transformation Book 4)
by Muir Gray , Jonathon Gray, Eli Rotenberg, Clare Nelson, Peter Murgatroyd & Lynne Armstrong [Kindle edition]
April 2017 LINK

Ko Awatea White papers:
White Paper 1 – A Case for Change – Moral Obligation and Pursuit of Quality
White Paper 2 – Establishing an Independent Commentator Panel
White Paper 3 – The Ko Awatea Leadership Academy

Ko Awatea Campaign Publications
20,000 Days Campaign: from small revolutions to big change
An evaluation of CMDHB 20,000 days campaign
20,000 Days and Beyond Evaluation of CMDHB’s Quality Improvement Campaign A report for Counties Manukau District Health Board
Target CLAB Zero: National Collaborative to Prevent Central Line Associated Bacteraema: Final report
Handle the Jandal: a report assessing social mobilisation and community organising in the Counties Manukau District Health Board, with Ko Awatea, Health System Innovation and Improvement

Health system inprovement guides

Acute care for the elderly

Development of a collaborative and integrated medication management service for patients at high risk of medication related harm at discharge using an electronic Assessment of Risk Tool (ART) [SMOOTH* COLLABORATIVE (*Safer Medication Outcomes On Transfer Home)]

Early delirium identification and management

Enabling self management support

Feet for life [ Feet for Life is a multidisciplinary collaborative project that has improved access to podiatry services for diabetic patients receiving dialysis in Counties Manukau by incorporating podiatry care into dialysis units ]

Folau I Lagi-Ma – Journey to Wellness [An innovative new model of selfmanagement support that integrates occupational therapy and peer support into primary care to help people living with long-term conditions]

Kia Kaha: Manage better, feel stronger

SKIN INFECTION: Emergency Care/General Surgery /TADU Collaborative

Supporting life after stroke: early supported discharge

Transitions of care: Goal discharge date and POAC facilitated change

Well managed pain: an integrated pain service [Well Managed Pain Collaborative]

Evaluations and Joint Publications

Co-design programme evaluation and case studies 2015–16. Prepared for the Health and Safety Quality Commission. 2016.
   Co-design Programme 2015-2016: Report of the evaluation survey and interviews
   Case Study: Safe, effective and efficient discharge (SEED) team (Central PHO)
   Case Study: ED patient experience from the front door to seeing the first treating clinician (MidCentral DHB)
   Case Study: Severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (SNVP) - 'suffering in silence' (MidCentral DHB)
   Case Study: Spiritual care at end of life for refugee communities (MidCentral DHB)
   Case Study: A review of the patient experience when accessing head and neck cancer services (Nelson Marlborough DHB)
   Case Study: Radiology service improvement initiative (Nelson Marlborough DHB)
   Case Study: 'Through the eyes of children' (Nelson Marlborough DHB)


New Zealand

Ko Awatea [NZ]
Counties Manukau Health's centre for innovation and improvement

The National Institute of Health Innovation [NZ]
At NIHI we measure our success by our contribution to improving people’s health in New Zealand and around the globe.  We discover, develop, test and deliver innovative approaches to today’s most pressing health problems.  Our work is focused on preventing disease, improving people’s health, reducing health inequities and enabling the delivery of more effective and equitable healthcare.  We provide independent scientific evidence that supports individuals, communities, clinicians and policymakers.  Supported by The University of Auckland and Auckland UniServices Limited infrastructures, we are experts in providing researchers with complex project management, IT, data management and analytics support, delivery of commercial health projects and commercialisation/deployment of health initiatives.

Health Improvement and Innovation Resource Centre (HIIRC) [NZ]
* ceased operation 1 July 2015.  Archive only.
Improvement and innovation is occurring throughout New Zealand’s health care system. The HIIRC supported this by providing: an extensive knowledge library of literature directories of individuals and organisations access to improvement projects, tools and initiatives the latest news, events and innovations.  Whilst the site is no longer being updated the Ministry of Health library continues to curate and disseminate the Health Improvement and Innovation Resource Centre Digest .

Health Innovation Hub [NZ]
Confidentially and alongside the clinicians, we provide industry with access to clinicians and their new ideas. We also provide innovative clinicians with advice on product design and health innovation funding options.

Health Quality and Safety Commission [NZ]
The Health Quality & Safety Commission works with health professionals, patients and consumers across health and disability services to improve the quality and safety of care. A range of resources including: Open Book - reports to alert providers to the key findings of adverse event reviews. The reports emphasise the changes implemented to stop the event happening again.
See also District health board quality accounts for details of strategies, project and outcomes for each DHB.

See also Resources for providers starting quality improvement projects [primary care]

Health Research Council of New Zealand [NZ]
The HRC supports research that has the potential to improve health outcomes and delivery of healthcare, and to produce economic gain for New Zealand.

Health Roundtable [NZ / Aus.]
We are a non-profit membership organisation of health services across Australia and New Zealand. We exist to:
Provide opportunities for health executives to learn how to achieve Best Practice in their organisations

Collect, analyse and publish information comparing organisations and identifying ways to improve operational practices

Promote interstate and international collaboration and networking amongst health organisation executives

Members are provided with a wide range of documents and presentations that identify innovations in health care practice, as well as comparative information and meeting notes. Any staff member from a member health service can access these reports by registering for access with their health service email address.

89 health service organisations across Australia and New Zealand are currently members of The Health Roundtable. Many health service members have multiple facilities. A total of 155 facilities currently provide data for comparative analysis.

Telehealth Resource Centre [NZ]
Brings together information about the various regulations and guidelines that apply to telehealth as well as explaining services the centre provides like free on-site visits and education workshops. Includes case studies and resources to support implementation.

Innovation hubs (international)

International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua)
ISQua's mission is to inspire, promote and support continuous improvement in the safety and quality of health care worldwide.

WHO Patient Safety portal
"Adverse events may result from problems in practice, products, procedures or systems. Patient safety improvements demand a complex system-wide effort, involving a wide range of actions in performance improvement, environmental safety and risk management, including infection control, safe use of medicines, equipment safety, safe clinical practice and safe environment of care"

World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH)
A global healthcare community dedicated to capturing and disseminating the best evidence-based ideas in healthcare, providing global solutions that will save both lives and much needed resources.




Australian Centre for Health Innovation [Aus.]
The Australian Centre for Health Innovation (CHI) connects diverse health, policy and industry communities to more effectively address the changing needs of healthcare and improve patient experience.

Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in HealthCare [Aus.]
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) was created by Health Ministers in 2006, and funded by all governments on a cost sharing basis, to lead and coordinate health care safety and quality improvements in Australia.

Australian Institute of Health Innovation [Aus.]
We are leading researchers investigating many aspects of health care. We are a major national resource for many people whose work is intrinsic to strengthening health systems, organisations and services.

ACI: NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation - see also the ACI Innovation Exchange [Aus.]
The Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) works with clinicians, consumers and managers to design and promote better healthcare for NSW.

Clinical Excellence Commission [Aus.]
The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) is responsible for leading safety and quality improvement in the NSW public health system. It was established in 2004 to promote and support improved clinical care, safety and quality across NSW.

Australasian Association for Quality in Health Care [Aus.]
It is a member-driven, not-for-profit organisation served by a volunteer Council comprised of representatives from all Australian States and Territories and New Zealand.

Health Issues Centre [Aus.]
We support and inform consumers and the health sector to partner for health care improvements.

Improvement Foundation [Aus.]
Formed initially as a subsidiary of the UK Improvement Foundation, the Improvement Foundation (Australia) Ltd was established in Adelaide in 2006 as a not-for-profit organisation. We provide expertise in the development and delivery of quality improvement techniques, such as the Collaborative methodology, to bring about small and large system change. We support improvement work by providing specialist change management advice, and leading edge IT systems, which enable robust measurement of improvement efforts.


United Kingdom

1000 Lives Improvement [NHS Wales]
The national improvement programme, supporting organisations and individuals, to deliver the highest quality and safest healthcare for the people of Wales.

Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA)
Is a NHS health and care quality improvement organisation who are at the forefront of transforming the safety and quality of healthcare.

AHSN NetworkThere are 15 Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) across England, established by NHS England in 2013 to spread innovation at pace and scale – improving health and generating economic growth. Each AHSN works across a distinct geography serving a different population in each region.

BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
A new searchable repository of global quality improvement evidence and best practice. It aims to help healthcare professionals improve healthcare by providing a new structured format for healthcare professionals to document innovations and excellence in care.

Cochrane [UK]
We are a global independent network of researchers, professionals, patients, carers, and people interested in health.

Haelo [UK]
Haelo is an innovation and improvement centre which hosts improvement experts, clinicians, improvement fellows and researchers. We are a joint venture between Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Salford Clinical Commissioning Group and Salford City Council. The primary purpose of Haelo is to improve population health and healthcare for Salford residents; however we believe this is only possible if we invest in learning partnerships with like-minded providers which centre on shared ambitions for excellence, inclusion and learning.

Healthcare Improvement Scotland [UK]
We produce a range of resources from evidence based reports to best practice and improvement guides. All our resources are designed to support healthcare improvement.

Healthcare Quality improvement Partnership [UK]
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) was established in April 2008 to promote quality in healthcare, and in particular to increase the impact that clinical audit has on healthcare quality in England and Wales.

The Health Foundation [UK]
The Health Foundation is an independent charity working to improve the quality of health care in the UK. We are here to support people working in health care practice and policy to make lasting improvements to health services. We carry out research and in-depth policy analysis, run improvement programmes to put ideas into practice in the NHS, support and develop leaders and share evidence to encourage wider change.
see also Improvement Research Institute [UK]

The Health Innovation Assessment Portal (HIAP-Scotland)
The Health Innovation Assessment Portal (HIAP-Scotland) to encourage prospective providers of new and/or innovative products and solutions to put them forward. This will allow NHSScotland to assess how the solution might support NHSScotland's strategic aims, and what the associated costs and benefits would be

Health Quality Improvement Partnership [UK]
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) is an independent organisation led by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, The Royal College of Nursing and National Voices. We were established in April 2008 to promote quality in healthcare, and in particular to increase the impact that clinical audit has on healthcare quality improvement.

Improvement Research Institute [UK]
The University of Cambridge has been chosen to establish and run a new improvement research institute, the first of its kind in Europe. Led by Mary Dixon-Woods, RAND Professor of Health Services Research and Wellcome Trust Investigator at the University of Cambridge, the institute will work closely with a wide range of partners across the UK. The Health Foundation will support the institute by providing in the region of £40m over a period of 10 years

Institute of Global Health innovation [UK - Imperial College London]
The Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI) works to design & diffuse high impact global healthcare innovations and to reduce health inequalities worldwide.

NHS Improvement [UK]
NHS Improvement works to improve health outcomes across England by providing improvement and change expertise.
see also the NHS Improvement directory : A list of websites that provide online improvement tools, resources or networks on health and social care.

NHS Right Care [UK]
The primary objective for Right Care is to maximise value: the value that the patient derives from their own care and treatmentthe value the whole population derives from the investment in their healthcare.

NHS Scotland, Quality Improvement Hub [UK]
Includes a section on quality and efficieny supporting the business case for safety.

The Nuffield Trust [UK]
The Nuffield Trust is an authoritative and independent source of evidence-based research and policy analysis for improving health care in the UK.

Quality Watch
Ajoint research programme of the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation monitoring how the quality of health and social care is changing over time. Highlights areas where improvement is possible.

Royal College of Emergency Medicine QI Resources [UK]
This page collates some of the most useful quality improvement resources for EDs.

Scottish Health Innovations Ltd. [UK]
Scottish Health Innovations Ltd works in partnership with NHSScotland to protect and develop new innovations that come from healthcare professionals.

Scottish Patient Safety Programme [UK]
National initiative that aims to improve the safety and reliability of healthcare and reduce harm, whenever care is delivered.

NHS Scotland Quality Improvement Hub [UK]
Contains resources, case studies, and networks for knowledge sharing.

Scottish Patient Safety Programme [UK]
The Scottish Patient Safety Programme (SPSP) is a unique national programme that aims to improve the safety and reliability of healthcare and reduce harm, whenever care is delivered.

The King's Fund [UK]
The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England. We help to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations; promote understanding of the health and social care system; and bring people together to learn, share knowledge and debate.

THIS.Institute - The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute [UK]
At THIS Institute we have an important goal: To strengthen the evidence-base for improving healthcare. Creating an evidence-base that supports replicable and scalable improvements to healthcare delivery and patient experiences.  Working in partnership with patients and NHS staff throughout the UK, we’re boosting research activity to provide more clarity on what works in improving healthcare, what doesn’t, and why. 

United States

100 Million Healthier Lives [US]
100 Million Healthier Lives is an unprecedented collaboration of change agents who are fundamentally transforming the way we think and act to improve health, wellbeing and equity.
SCALE 1.0: Becoming Communities of Solutions SCALE 1.0: The first phase of Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation (SCALE 1.0, January 2015 – January 2017) supported 24 communities across 21 states in the U.S. to accelerate their community transformation journey toward a Culture of Health. These 24 communities, who worked on a variety of health, wellbeing, and equity topics, went on to support 43 additional communities in a program called Pathway to Pacesetters.
Key lessons learned in SCALE 1.0 can be found in the following 5 synthesis reports:
1.Overview of SCALE & a Community of Solutions
2.Foundations of a Community of Solutions
3.Engaging Community Residents with Lived Experience
4.Leading for Abundance: Approach to Generative Sustainability
5.Using Improvement Methods & Design Thinking to Guide Action

Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ) [US]
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

see also AHRQ Innovations Exchange
The Innovations Exchange is expanding efforts to scale up and spread innovations by sponsoring three Learning Communities (LCs) focused on the following high-priority topic areas: “Advancing the Practice of Patient- and Family-Centered Care in Hospitals,” “Reducing Non-Urgent Emergency Services,” and “Promoting Medication Therapy Management for At-Risk Populations.”

Centre for Health Care Innovation [US: Penn Medicine]
The Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation facilitates the rapid, disciplined development, testing and implementation of new strategies to reimagine health care delivery for dramatically better value and patient outcomes.

The Center for Health Organization Transformation
The Center for Health Organization Transformation, or CHOT, is an industry-university cooperative research center (I/UCRC) funded by the National Science Foundation and health organizations to conduct research supporting major management, clinical, and information technology innovations in healthcare.

Healthy Mendocino Promising Practices Database
The Promising Practices database informs professionals and community members about documented approaches to improving community health and quality of life. The ultimate goal is to support the systematic adoption, implementation, and evaluation of successful programs, practices, and policy changes. The database provides carefully reviewed, documented, and ranked practices that range from good ideas to evidence-based practices.

Improvement Science Learning Centre [US]
Developed by Brandon Bennett this curated collection of resources includes eLearning Modules, Videos, and a range of tools, guides and frameworks.

Institute for Health Care Improvement [IHI] [US]
The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), an independent not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a leading innovator, convener, partner, and driver of results in health and health care improvement worldwide.

Institute for Healthcare Optimization [US]
An independent not-for-profit 501(c)(3) research, education and service organization focused on bringing the science and practice of operations management to healthcare delivery.

The Commonwealth Fund [US]
The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults.

Mayo Clinic's Centre for Innovation [US]
Mayo Clinic's Center for Innovation fuses design principles with the scientific method to uncover human needs in the health care environment, which include empathy, creativity, systems thinking and a human-centered focus.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine: Health and Medicine Division [US]
HMD’s aim is to help those in government and the private sector make informed health decisions by providing evidence upon which they can rely.

National Patient Safety Foundation [US]
The National Patient Safety Foundation’s vision is to create a world where patients and those who care for them are free from harm. A central voice for patient safety since 1997, NPSF partners with patients and families, the health care community, and key stakeholders to advance patient safety and health care workforce safety and disseminate strategies to prevent harm.

Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement [US]
The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) is a national organization representing over thirty member Regional Health Improvement Collaboratives (RHICs). These multi-stakeholder organizations are working in their regions and collaborating across regions to transform the healthcare delivery system and achieve the Triple Aim: improving the patient experience of care, including quality and satisfaction; improving the health of populations; and reducing the per-capita cost of healthcare.

ReThink Health [US]
We work with visionary leaders to transform health at the regional level – their neighborhoods, cities, counties, or states. Our hope is that by demonstrating regional success, we inspire transformation across the country.

The Beryl Institute
The Beryl Institute is the global community of practice and premier thought leader on improving the patient experience in healthcare. *Full text access to resources is limited to Beryl Institute members.

Choosing Wisely [US]
Choosing Wisely aims to promote conversations between clinicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is: Supported by evidenceNot duplicative of other tests or procedures already receivedFree from harmTruly necessary.

Planetree [US]
Planetree, Inc. is a mission based not-for-profit organization that partners with healthcare organizations around the world and across the care continuum to transform how care is delivered



Accreditation Canada: Leading Practices Database
Leading Practices Database is proud to serve as the new location for innovative practices from the former Health Council of Canada Health Innovation Portal. The Leading Practices Database fosters inter-organizational learning and harvesting of new ideas. It includes nearly 1,000 practices recognized as being particularly innovative and effective in improving quality.

Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement
A not-for-profit organization funded by the Government of Canada, dedicated to accelerating healthcare improvement. CFHI plays a unique, pan-Canadian role in supporting healthcare delivery innovation. We help teams from different jurisdictions work together on common improvement priorities, providing opportunities to share and implement evidence-informed solutions across regions, provinces and territories.

Canadian Health Human Resources Network Innovations Portal
CHHRN partnered with the Health Council of Canada to initiate and populate a health human resources (HHR) innovations portal to showcase innovative approaches to health human resource issues.

Canadian Patient Safety Institute
The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to raise awareness and facilitate implementation of ideas and best practices to achieve a transformation in patient safety.

The Change Foundation
An independent health policy think tank, The Change Foundation is changing the debate, practice and experience in Ontario health care, prompting system-wide, patient-centred improvements.



The Ubora Institute
Africa’s first institute dedicated to the use of improvement science to achieve the best in health and health care for the people of Africa. Launched in February 2016, Ubora, which means “excellence” in Swahili, has already lined up work in partnership with IHI to support health systems in Ghana and Liberia.


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