The RCP has praised the Care Quality Commission's (CQC's) new report highlighting quality improvement in NHS trusts, and said that its findings show that 'skills and behaviours of QI are a key component of modern professional practice'.
The report, Quality improvement in hospital trusts: Sharing learning from trusts on a journey of QI, highlights how NHS hospital trusts are embedding quality improvement (QI) to deliver high-quality and sustainable patient care.
Commenting on its release, Dr John Dean, RCP clinical director for quality improvement and patient safety, said:
This is an important report that once again highlights how a culture of QI can be created as a planned organisational strategy led from the board, producing excellent results for patients and staff. We emphasise that skills and behaviours of QI are a key component of modern professional practice. All staff and teams need support in skill development, the right kind of leadership and particularly time for QI.
Despite the NHS working under immense pressure, the organisations featured in this report have shown it can be done. Physicians at all stages of their career are engaging in quality improvement, and the RCP is supporting them.
The RCP Quality Improvement project includes the development of QI resources, tools and methodologies, combined with courses, coaching and networking. You can find out more by contacting RCPQI@rcplondon.ac.uk.