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Quality Improvement Methods and Tools: PDSA Cycles

Thu, 13 Jun 2024

Virtual, Online

Over the last decade, the range of QI tools used to measure care and improve safety in the NHS and wider healthcare has grown at an exponential rate. Healthcare professionals are often data rich but can lack an understanding of how to utilise data in the most effective and impactful ways. The success of Initiatives like the Patient Safety Incident Response Framework (PSIRF) and The NHS Long Term Plan will depend on staff understanding a wider range of QI methods, appreciating how to confidently use a range of tools. Globally there is increasing focus on QI tools with organisations like The Institute for Healthcare Improvement and NHS Horizons leading the way.

This one-day masterclass is a deep dive into the key QI methods and tools that you need to know about and that will help move your service forward. We will look at Model for Improvement and the Plan, Do, Study, Act model in detail. We will also examine other QI tools, sharing useful resources and looking at real-world case studies.

“Using PDSA cycles enables you to test out changes on a small scale, building on the learning from these test cycles in a structured way before wholesale implementation. This gives stakeholders the opportunity to see if the proposed change will succeed and is a powerful tool for learning from ideas that do and don’t work”

NHS England and Improvement

“Uncontrolled variation is the enemy of quality”

W. Edwards Deming

Key Learning Objectives:

  • Model for Improvement and PDSA

  • What Matters to You

  • Appreciative Inquiry

  • Process Mapping

  • Statistical Process Control and Run Charts

  • Driver Diagrams

This course is relevant to all healthcare professionals - clinical staff, managers and administrators.

Facilitated by:

Mr Stephen Ashmore

Clinical Audit Support Centre

Ms Tracy Ruthven

Clinical Audit Support Centre Ltd

In-house Training

This course can be held at your organisation for up 25 delegates, we can tailor the content to suit your organisation and CPD needs of your staff. Led by experienced and highly rated trainers, in-house training works out cost-effective for groups and saves travel time.

Contact katym@hc-uk.org.uk with your requirements for further information and a quote.

In-house Training

Fee Options

Virtual NHS, Schools, Care and Public Sector



(Prices in brackets include VAT)


Additional delegate discount:

A discount of 15% will be applied to fees for any extra delegates.

Online discount:

A discount of 10% will be applied if you pay using the website.

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