What is AIQS?

AIQS stands for Advanced Improvement in Quality and Safety. It is a programme of learning which provides you with the knowledge and skills to be at the leading edge of quality and safety improvement.

The programme has been developed by the Safer Care team from the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. It was launched in 2009 and has already been delivered to 45 NHS improvement champions who say things like this about it:

The programme has built my skills to a greater extent than any other programme which I have undertaken in the last ten years. . . 

  . . . I now have the confidence to address any problem within our organisation of even the wider health economy; based on the tools we have been given.

What’s in the programme?

AIQS is an ambitious programme which pushes participants to their intellectual limits. It is aimed at NHS senior leaders across the board and uses a mix of residential sessions, mentoring, learning sets, interactive webinars and self-directed learning. It is a year-long programme and carries 60 postgraduate credits towards a Masters’ Degree from the University of Derby.

The course consists of seven days of face-to-face tutorials and a number of virtual meetings.

Residential events will be held at the NHS Institute on the University of Warwick Campus. Travel and accommodation is not included, but very competitive accommodation rates are available on the University of Warwick Campus and their a wealth of other accommodation within easy reach of the campus.

If you have any questions about the programme please email:

What do I get out of it?

By the end of the programme you will have developed your knowledge of improvement skills and techniques to have a real understanding of improvement science. You will have the chance to develop and roll-out an improvement project within your own organisation. You own leadership skills will be taken to another level and your ability to inspire your colleagues and help them develop their own improvement skills will be considerably greater.

Other benefits include the chance to develop and widen your own networks and take advantage of one-to-one and peer support.

You will also become a member of the NHS Institute’s Improvement Faculty – the leading national centre for advancing the cause of quality and safety improvement across the whole NHS.

How does this fit with national priorities for the NHS?

Quality and safety improvement are at the heart of the future of the NHS and integral to the national QIPP (Quality, Improvement, Productivity and Prevention) imperative. The NHS continues to change and evolve and is about to implement one of the most fundamental reformations in its history. One thing that remains constant is the demand from patients, professionals and the public for services which are effective, of the highest quality and safe. Never has the need to focus on these imperatives been greater and now is the time for NHS organisations and individual practitioners to ensure they are equipped to rise to this challenge. The learning you gain from taking part in AIQS, along with all the other benefits that come from being a member of the Improvement Faculty, provide a perfect fit with what needs to be done to help deliver the NHS that all of want and can be proud of.

Our Priorities

Educate a group of champions to enhance their improvement knowledge, skills and behaviours.

Influence policymaking by supporting personal, organisational and political impact.

Connect passionate improvers to develop networks, exchange ideas and disseminate best practice.

Our Mission

To advance the progress of patient safety and quality of care throughout the NHS by developing a network of improvement champions with the knowledge, skills and ability to deliver and sustain service improvement.

Improvement Faculty events

Wed, Jan 11th
Improvement Faculty Master Class - January 2012