OECD Reviews of Health Care Quality: United Kingdom 2016
Health systems in the United Kingdom have, for many years, made the quality of care
a highly visible priority, internationally pioneering many tools and policies to assure
and improve the quality of care. A key challenge, however, is to understand why, despite
being a global leader in quality monitoring and improvement, the United Kingdom does
not consistently demonstrate strong performance on international benchmarks of quality.
This report reviews the quality of health care in the England, Scotland, Wales and
Northern Ireland, seeking to highlight best practices, and provides a series of targeted
assessments and recommendations for further quality gains in health care. To secure
continued quality gains, the four health systems will need to balance top-down approaches
to quality management and bottom-up approaches to quality improvement; publish more
quality and outcomes data disaggregated by country; and, establish a forum where the
key officials and clinical leaders from the four health systems responsible for quality
of care can meet on a regular basis to learn from each other’s innovations.
Published on February 12, 2016
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