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This page is intended to assist AHPs in finding out more information about Quality Improvement methodology as part of the  AHP Quality Improvement Workstream.

The Aim of this workstream is that:

By end of June 2023 all AHP services in NHSGGC will be able to evidence their use of QI tools and theory in routine practice.

The Lead for this workstream is Nikki Munro who is Professional Lead and Service Manager for Orthotics.

If you have any questions on the NHSGGC AHP QI workstream please get in touch with Nikki directly at nikki.munro@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

NHSGGC Quality Improvement Team

NHS GGC have an amazing Quality Improvement Team who are here to help with all things QI including supporting projects and compiling tools and information for those who are already carrying out QI projects.

There are loads of useful tools hosted on the NHSGGC Clinical Effectiveness QI page, however as this is hosted on staffnet, its only accessible to NHSGGC staff when logged into the NHSGGC network.

We are working to continually improve this page, so it would be really helpful if you click the link below to help give us feedback on how to make this page as useful to you as possible and please make suggestions on what you would like to see on here in future:

I know nothing about QI

Here are the main policies which give the background as to why Quality is important and what we should do to achieve the highest quality possible within Healthcare in Scotland.

As a very quick introduction to the fundamentals of Quality Improvement, click on the link below to complete the NHSGGC module. A great way to start your QI journey.

LearnPro – GGC:109 Quality Improvement Fundamentals

log in to the learnPro system as normal and search for the module below

If you have completed the LearnPro module and would like to know more, click on the link below to complete the NES TURAS Learn introductory QI modules. A great way to continue your QI journey.

Suggested order of completion:

2) Understanding your system 

3) Developing your aims and change ideas

4) Testing your change ideas

1) Measurement for improvement

5) Implementation and Spread

I know something about QI but want to know more

The Q Community is a connected community working together to improve health and care quality across the UK and Ireland. They have lots of useful resources.

Description: Improving planned care pathways toolkit

Reducing waiting times has been a key priority for NHS Scotland for over a decade, typically waiting times initiatives have been used to reduce the backlog of patients waiting for planned care. This toolkit has been developed, using learning from across Scotland, to support NHS boards in taking a quality improvement (QI) approach to sustainably reduce waiting times.

Planned care services can reduce the time patients wait by improving their pathways to balance the workload associated with referrals to the demand for care.

By using this toolkit, planned care teams will be able to:

  • establish an effective project team to test and implement changes
  • identify the constraints in their pathway contributing to the longest waits
  • understand service user needs
  • use learning from others to increase the pace of change, and
  • use data to demonstrate a sustainable improvement has occurred.

Description: Improving planned care pathways toolkit

Reducing waiting times has been a key priority for NHS Scotland for over a decade, typically waiting times initiatives have been used to reduce the backlog of patients waiting for planned care. This toolkit has been developed, using learning from across Scotland, to support NHS boards in taking a quality improvement (QI) approach to sustainably reduce waiting times.

Planned care services can reduce the time patients wait by improving their pathways to balance the workload associated with referrals to the demand for care.

By using this toolkit, planned care teams will be able to:

  • establish an effective project team to test and implement changes
  • identify the constraints in their pathway contributing to the longest waits
  • understand service user needs
  • use learning from others to increase the pace of change, and
  • use data to demonstrate a sustainable improvement has occurred.
https://ihub.scot/project-toolkits/access-qi-improving-planned-care-pathways-toolkit/access-qi-improving-planned-care-pathways-toolkit/