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The Improvement Faculty for Patient Safety and Quality of Care

The Improvement Faculty is a membership organisation established by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement to advance the progress of patient safety and quality of care throughout the NHS. Its mission is to increase the capacity and capability for patient safety and quality of care provided to patients. Its strategic priorities are to educate, to influence and to connect the UK's brightest and most passionate improvers.


We will become a focus of excellence in delivering Improvement in Quality and Patient Safety by: extending and sustaining the improvement skills and knowledge base, training a group of improvement capability building experts to deliver high quality mentoring and coaching, and disseminating information and expertise nationally and regionally to support continuing professional development and the adoption of improvement methodologies.


We will bring professionals together from across the healthcare economy and transgressing traditional boundaries to exchange ideas and best practice, encouraging an environment for peer support.


We will excite widespread interest in the improvement agenda, raising the profile of its impact and increasing the capability of Fellow to be champions of Improvement, engaging with and influencing decision makers.

Message From Kate Jones, Head of Safer Care

Dear Colleague

You may have read or heard about the abolition of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement as a result of the ALB Review in the Department of Health.  This abolition is actually about transferring the functions of the NHS Institute away from a Special Health Authority (and therefore part of the Department of Health) into a new organisational form, most likely a form of Social Enterprise owned by the NHS.  There is likely to be some activity retained by the new NHS Commissioning Board, but we anticipate that much of what we do at Coventry House will move into the new business.  The timetable for this is April 2012.

Whilst this means a lot of change, the work we do is more important than ever as the Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) agenda is still as pressing and challenging.  We are committed to protecting the very precious resource and experience which we have built up in our faculty and its members and hope that you will stay with us as we go through this next stage of our development.  We will keep you updated with any relevant developments on our website and if you have any queries then please do get in touch.

Best wishes

Kate Jones
Head of Safer Care