If you are involved in treating patients, managing and/or improving health services or
managing or training those that do, you will understand the importance of providing the
best care possible for all our patients.
Great progress has been made in improving service standards and access and in reducing
waiting times, but there is still some way to go to ensure consistently high standards of
patient care across the NHS.
It is clear that we need to ensure we are getting it right first time, which means better care
and better value through the reduction of waste and errors and the prioritisation of effective
treatments. Quality, innovation, productivity and prevention (QIPP) is the mechanism through
which we can achieve this.
QIPP is about creating an environment in which change and improvement can flourish; it
is about leading differently and in a way that fosters a culture of innovation; and it is
about providing staff with the tools, techniques and support that will enable them to take
ownership of improving quality of care.
The Handbook of Quality and Service Improvement Tools from the NHS Institute brings
together a collection of proven tools, theories and techniques to help NHS staff design and
implement quality improvement projects that do not compromise on the quality and safety of
patient care but rather enhance the patient experience.