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These resources have been arranged alphabetically by theme.

Education and trainingPrinciples of best practice
CliniciansEthicsProgramme, policy, strategy and reporting
Criteria for high quality clinical audit
Guidance from other organisationsQuality improvement methods
Care pathways
Industry, working withQI and financial constraints (UKQC work)
Case studiesNational clinical audit
Research and service review
Data qualityNetwork support
Different care settings, interface auditPatient and public involvementStatutory and mandatory requirements


All of our guidance is reviewed periodically and some were revised during the latest review, in November 2011 - January 2012. The date of publication, or last review, is listed after each product, along with a note on the extent of any changes made:

  • Reviewed: the guidance was checked for continued relevance and no changes were necessary
  • Revised: minor changes: some of the wording was changed to reflect recent developments
  • Revised: major changes: substantial parts of the text have been re-written to reflect recent developments
We therefore advise that if you have previously read a guidance document, re-reading is only necessary if major changes have been made.
DOCUMENT REVIEW UPDATE: As part of our new contract with NHS England we will be undertaking a comprehensive review of all our guidance documents over the summer. This supercedes the next review dates stated on the documents.



Criteria for high quality clinical audit
Care pathways
Data quality
Different care settings, interface audit

Education and training

Industry, working with
National clinical audit
Patient and public involvement
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Principles of best practice in clinical audit

Programme, policy, strategy and reporting 
Quality improvement methods

Quality improvement and financial constraints/UKQC work

 Hosted by HQIP from 2009-2012, the UK Quality Collaboration (UKQC) was a multi-professional group of independent specialist healthcare organisations, working collectively to improve quality improvement, share best practice and drive up standards in service delivery. During this time it produced these two guidance documents on maintaining quality standards while adhering to financial constraints:

In 29 June 2012 UKQC was absorbed into HQIP's newly created Advisory Group providing an opportunity to continue to offer advice, suggestions, feedback, challenge and stimulus to HQIP as part of a wider group of organisations. This move was welcomed unreservedly by UKQC for the real opportunities to bring together a wider group focused on quality that would have real value, not just for HQIP, but for quality in the UK as a whole.

Research and service review
Statutory and mandatory requirements
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Did you know?

HQIP is accredited by The Information Standard - the NHS England scheme which identifies trustworthy and accessible health and social care information. As such you'll see that relevant HQIP guidance and other information carries the Standard's quality mark. For more information on HQIP 's accreditation and on the Standard itself, click here


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