Resources and materials

This section provides quick links to useful improvement resources including good practice pathways and guidance documents as well as cross-cutting workstreams such as GIRFT, intensive support and the national clinical audit.

Demand Capacity programme

The Demand and Capacity programme supports the NHS to better understand the demand on its services and plan sufficient capacity so that patients do not wait longer than necessary for treatment and provides demand and capacity models, modelling approaches and resource tools to achieve this aim.

Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT)

The programme undertakes clinically-led reviews of specialties, combining wide-ranging data analysis with the input and professional knowledge of senior clinicians to examine how things are currently being done and how they could be improved.

GIRFT is part of an aligned set of programmes within NHS England. The programme has the backing of the Royal Colleges and professional associations.

GIRFT resources include best practice pathways, case studies, and guidance documents for surgical and medical specialties as well as cross-cutting workstreams such as clinical coding and litigation.

Solving Together

#SolvingTogether is an approach to capture, assess and test learning and ideas that can support the priorities for health and care; it is part of a suite of interventions relating to the delivery of improvement and transformation in healthcare led by the Transformation Directorate at NHS England.

Leadership for improvement

Work is underway to co-design and establish a Leadership for Improvement programme, commissioned and supported through NHS England, enrolling all providers and systems (including primary care) to support a whole-system focus on improving healthcare outcomes with our workforce, patients and communities. This work will sit alongside addressing the recommendations of the Messenger Review.


A range of resources are already in place to support Leadership for Improvement, these include:

Leadership networks

Leadership networks can be found through:

National clinical audit

Clinical audit is a way to find out if healthcare is being provided in line with standards and lets care providers and patients know where their service is doing well, and where there could be improvements. The aim is to allow quality improvement to take place where it will be most helpful and will improve outcomes for patients.


A range of resources are available to support clinical audit:

National subject matter experts

Subject Matter Experts provide leadership, advice, input and support across a range of healthcare areas.

NHS Futures Improvement Hub

The Improvement Hub family of workspaces supports colleagues to continuously improve patient outcomes, patient and staff experience, population health and value for money. We support teams to recover and transform services; deliver greater productivity; support the most challenged systems and create confident, connected, effective improvers across the NHS, who capture and share learning.

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