Quality Improvement

The HEE Wessex School of Quality Improvement (QI) was established in 2014 and was designed to bring together, make visible and co-ordinate the current range of initiatives within all portfolios of HEE Wessex, as well as create new opportunities which build on these successful initiatives.

The School works to support individuals, teams and organisations to enhance behavioural change. The focus on quality improvement and leadership development skills helps to build capability and capacity in improvement for all healthcare professions across Wessex with an ultimate aim of seeing improvements in patient safety and experience, alongside developing the workforce.

Ways of working

The ethos of the School is to work in partnership with existing organisations and networks within the Wessex area, making the activity visible rather than developing a concrete structure. We work with many partners to deliver the programme and opportunities available.

The School is supported by a Steering Group which ensures two-way communication between the School and healthcare system, with members including provider Trusts and other Arm’s Length Bodies. Work of the Group includes networking and sharing best practice across the region, as well as providing a steer to the work of the School.  

The School welcomes patient and public involvement in its work, including as part of recruitment to Fellowship programme and at dissemination events. Many patients and service users have also been involved directly in improvement work.

Sharing the work of the School

These dedicated webpages share and disseminate work from our QI Fellowship and programmes and events. We have a dedicated #QIWessex Twitter hashtag to promote events on the @NHSHEE_SEast and work with our networks to ensure that we share and promote the work and learning that has taken place. Those on supported programmes are also encouraged to publish their work.

The School distributes a newsletter throughout the year on its work, opportunities and events that may be of interest.