There is a need for independent scrutiny by non-statutory bodies.
That’s why we launched QualityWatch, a joint research programme monitoring how the quality of health and social care is changing over time. We hope it will both augment and inform the work of other statutory national bodies and initiatives.
QualityWatch aims to:
- provide an authoritative resource on the overall quality of health and social care
- independently monitor and comment on changes over time
- highlight areas where improvement is possible
- contribute to improving measures of quality.
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Care quality indicators
Our 300+ indicators feature interactive charts and maps designed to explore changes in the quality of health and social care over time. They are categorised by domain and sector and more will be added throughout the lifetime of the project.
Where possible, we consider regional variation within England and draw comparisons with other countries. We generally use existing sources of data but may commission new ones.
Our focus is on monitoring change in recent years, setting our analysis within the context of longer term changes over the last decade where possible.
Monthly indicator updates
Each month we update a selection of indicators and publish a summary of our analysis. We may also invite experts from across the wider health sector to comment in a blog.
Through a series of ‘Focus on’ research reports, QualityWatch provides in-depth analysis of key topics that are critical to the quality of care. Each report employs a range of methods and is accompanied by additional commentary and analysis to provide wider context.
Each year we publish an annual statement commenting on the current state of care quality in the NHS in England, drawing on information from our extensive range of care quality indicators and in-depth reports, as well as findings from other organisations.
QualityWatch is supported by an advisory group consisting of a number of external experts. It is chaired by Professor Sir Nick Black, Research Professor of Health Services Research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He jointly established the Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, which he continues to edit, and chairs the National Advisory Group for Clinical Audit & Enquiries. Professor Black is also a Senior Associate at the Nuffield Trust
Have your say
We welcome comments on the programme, suggestions for areas on interest and are always interested in working with experts in their areas. To get involved and leave suggestions, please visit the ‘Have your say’ section of the website
You can also feed back on any aspect of the programme by email
We publish a range of blogs on topics linked to health and social care quality. Please contact us if you would like to submit an article for consideration. Any views expressed in blog posts or comments do not necessarily reflect the views of the Nuffield Trust or Health Foundation. We cannot be responsible for the content of any external websites linked to from this site.
We aim to provide an overview of the health and social care system and are not in a position to comment or respond to individual cases. The Care Quality Commission provides useful information on what to do if you have a complaint or concern about a care service or provider.
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