Having understood your culture and context, you can undertake a diagnosis to identify areas of practice which could be improved or would benefit from change.
The tools below support effective diagnosis. You can choose to use one tool or several together.
When you think of a process in your practice, you might be able to think of some solutions off the top of your head. Analysis tools, however, enable you to examine an area as a team and drill down to uncover useful pieces of information, such as false assumptions, which can help generate new solutions and provide the order in which to address them. They include tools you will already be familiar with, such as clinical audit and significant event analysis.
This RCGP quick guide introduces appreciative inquiry, a method that helps groups of people working together to learn more from their success and to build on these to generate further improvements.
This RCGP quick guide introduces diagnostic survey, a frequently used method used to identify the needs of the target group for any improvement work.
External data can be valuable sources of information for identifying best practice and areas for improvement. They include national audits, benchmark and performance reports and Care Quality Commission (CQC) data.
This RCGP quick guide provides a comprehensive list of links to data sources that may be useful when undertaking quality improvement work.