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Closing the gap through clinical communities (UK)

Case Study

posted by WM Admin on 30 July 2013

Closing the Gap through Clinical Communities ran from November 2009 to May 2012.  Clinicians with a track record as influential leaders in their clinical networks worked on a range of quality improvement projects.

Eleven projects from across the UK worked to improve the quality and safety of care in a different clinical area. As part of the programme, each project team benefited from learning and development to help improve knowledge of quality improvement, systems thinking, measurement and behavioural sciences.

Projects included:

  • Enhancing care and saving lives of people with chronic kidney disease
  • Delivering better care for infants with brain injury
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm, improving outcomes for patients
  • Optimising care pathways for acute stroke and transient ischaemic attack
  • Using quality networks to improve mental health services
  • Promoting earlier diagnosis of brain tumours in children
  • Preventing blood borne viruses through clinical networks
  • Improving quality and safety in primary care
  • Two areas of health cause particularly high levels of ill health and harm to patients: heart failure and adverse reactions to prescription drugs. This project provided training to improve the identification and reporting of patients and improving the care of patients with heart failure within GP practices. 
  • Improving Lung Cancer Outcomes Project (ILCOP)
  • Improving the quality of cardiovascular care by ambulance services
  • The FallSafe project

Each project is described on the Health Foundation UK website: