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Publication of Advancing Quality (AQ) 2015/16 Clinical Intervention Measure Results

The Advancing Quality Alliance’s (AQuA) flagship reliability of care programme, Advancing Quality (AQ), has recently published 2015/16 clinical intervention measure results for its NHS member organisations across the North West. The AQ programme, which was founded in 2008, supports partners to improve the consistency and quality of clinical care across a number of Clinical Focus […]

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AQ Listening Exercise – Share your views on Advancing Quality

Over the next three months we want your views on our flagship reliability of care programme, Advancing Quality (AQ). We’re asking all our members, including those not currently participating in AQ, to share their thoughts and help us shape our 2017/18 plans for the programme. You can do this through our short online survey, or […]

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Advancing Quality to promote success of the North West in London

The Advancing Quality team will be presenting the successes of the trusts in the North West at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare which is to be held in London. This is the twentieth Quality and Safety in Healthcare event and it will see over 3000 health care specialists connect to share […]

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Advancing Quality Awards 2014 – winners announced

Clinical representatives from hospitals across the North West gathered at the Mercure Bolton Georgian House Hotel yesterday for the second Advancing Quality Awards. The Awards, launched in 2013, were held to recognise the achievements of the acute and mental health trusts across the North West of England who participate in Advancing Quality and reflect on […]

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Largest expansion to clinical areas in AQ programme.

Advancing Quality will almost double the conditions monitored in the North West as part of the quality improvement programme.  AQ and North West Trusts are working together to launch six new clinical focus areas. The focus areas are highly prevalent clinical conditions affecting patients in the North West. Hospitals that are taking part in the […]

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Advancing Quality Awards 2013 – winners announced

Over 150 healthcare professionals gathered at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel yesterday for the first Advancing Quality Awards 2013. The Awards were held to recognise the achievements to date of the acute and mental health trusts across the North West of England who participate in Advancing Quality and reflect on the impact the programme has […]

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Y5 results publicly reported – and quality of care continues to improve

The quality of care in North West hospitals is continuing to improve, according to new figures released today. The Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA), the North West’s health care quality organisation, has published the annual results from its Advancing Quality programme which show the region’s NHS trusts achieved improvements of more than 30 per cent in […]

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Winner! Guardian Public Services Awards 2013

We are absolutely delighted the Advancing Quality programme has won a Guardian Public Services Award! The programme scooped the title for the Measuring Excellence category, which awards initiatives where excellence is recognised using data and grounded on a solid bed of evidence. Judges, including Jessica Crowe, Chief Executive of the Office for Public Scrutiny who […]

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Second study attributes Advancing Quality to £105 million in health gains for North West England

Researchers evaluating the impact of Advancing Quality on health care in the North West have had a second paper published online in Health Economics. The paper, The cost-effectiveness of using financial incentives to improve provider quality: a framework and application (Health Econ. (2013)DOI: 10.1002/hec), follows on from the publication in the New England Journal of […]

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Advancing Quality shortlisted for the Guardian Public Services Award 2013

Advancing Quality has been shortlisted for its second national award of the year. The programme, which is live across the North West, is one of three entries to be shortlisted for the Measuring Excellence category in the Guardian Public Services Award 2013. Now in their 10th year, the Public Services Awards reward innovation and impact in […]

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Advancing Quality shortlisted for HSJ Award 2013

We are absolutely delighted to announce Advancing Quality has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of its impact on enhancing patient care. The programme, which is ‘live’ in all NHS acute and mental health provider trusts across the North West of England, has been shortlisted in the Enhancing Care by Sharing Data and […]

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Advancing Quality Awards launched for 2013

Advancing Quality is now in its sixth year and, in the last 12 months, the 32 participating acute and mental health trusts have gained international recognition via the New England Journal of Medicine (ref: N Engl J Med 2012; 367:1821-8) for implementing a region-wide quality improvement programme which promotes truly patient-centred care. We want to acknowledge this […]

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Evaluation into Advancing Quality under the spotlight at research conference

Research into the impact of AQuA’s Advancing Quality programme took centre stage at the sixth Health Services Research Network (HSRN) annual symposium. The HSRN symposium brings together researchers, practitioners, senior managers and policy makers to learn more about the latest research results and methods on a number of themes, including informatics; patient safety; and using […]

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Locality meetings confirmed for CCGs and LATs

GPs and commissioners are invited to attend one of several locality meetings being held in January to discuss the role of CCGs in Advancing Quality. Advancing Quality is a clinically-led quality improvement programme designed to drive up standards in healthcare, reduce variation and reduce avoidable mortality. Historically funded by all North West PCTs, Advancing Quality […]

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Quality of health care continues to rise in North West hospitals

The quality of care in North West hospitals is continuing to improve, according to new figures released by Advancing Quality today. The fourth annual results from the programme show the region’s NHS trusts achieved improvements of more than 30 per cent in key quality measures designed to drive up standards. The table below shows the scores for […]

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Study reveals Advancing Quality associated with 890 fewer deaths

Researchers evaluating the impact of the Advancing Quality programme in the North West have estimated hundreds of lives were saved within the first 18 months. In a paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine, a team of economists and health experts from the Universities of Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham and Cambridge found there has been a […]

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Y4 Advancing Quality results due to be published next month

The Y4 results of the Advancing Quality programme are scheduled to be publicly reported for the first time this November. The results, which will be uploaded to the Advancing Quality website, will also include the results for the new measures introduced in stroke, dementia and first episode psychosis care pathways over the last 18 months. […]

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Summer edition of AQuA Work Programme 2012-13

An updated version of the AQuA Work Programme, which sets out it’s priorities over the next 12 months, has been published for the summer. The programme, which can be accessed via the AQuA website, outlines how the AQuA (Advancing Quality Alliance) approach relates to the five domains of the NHS Outcomes Framework: Preventing premature deaths; Enhancing […]

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A successful NHS Confederation for Advancing Quality

Thank you to everyone who visited the Advancing Quality exhibition stand at this year’s NHS Confederation in Manchester. It was a fantastic opportunity to meet so many people who wanted to find out more about Advancing Quality and the impact it is having on health services in the North West of England. The NHS Confederation […]

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AQuA publishes Work Programme 2012-13

Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA) has published its work programme for 2012-13 setting out its main priorities over the next 12 months. The programme, which can be accessed via the AQuA website, outlines how the AQuA approach relates to the five domains of the NHS Outcomes Framework: Preventing premature deaths; Enhancing quality of life; Episodes of ill […]

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Year 3 results show hospitals continuing to improve standards of care

Patients suffering from five of the North West’s most common conditions are benefiting from improved standards of hospital care, according to the latest results published by Advancing Quality. Results from the third year of the programme show that the region’s NHS trusts achieved improvements of more than 21 per cent in key quality measures designed […]

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New website launched

A new-look Advancing Quality website has been launched to co-incide with the publication of the programme’s Year Three results. The website now enables visitors to select their local North West hospital from the ‘Results’ tab where they will then be directed to a page dedicated to the NHS trust which is in charge of that hospital […]

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