There is a wide range of quality improvement tools that can support and will help you with your project. These tools are tried and tested with different tools available to help you at different stages of your project. They can help:
- Understand the problem you are looking to improve
- Develop clear strategies
- Test and implement ideas
- Sustain and spread improvement
- Demonstrate and measure improvements made
Model for Improvement approach
The Model for Improvement (MFI) is a framework that is used at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (HUTH) to support continuous improvement across the organisation. The Model for Improvement is a method for structuring improvement projects and will support in developing and testing ideas using this framework.
The model is split into two parts:
- The first part consists of three key questions:
- What are we trying to accomplish?
- How we will know that a changes is an improvement?
- What changes can be made that will result in an improvement?
- The second part consists of PDSA (Plan Do Study Act) cycles. This part runs through each of the steps needed when testing change ideas and enables any changes that have been made to be refined and improved through the use of repeated cycles of testing and learning.