Supporting health care improvement We identify, support and fast-track promising ideas to improve health care, bridging the gap between policy and practice to help create the right conditions for change in the NHS.


We work with frontline clinical teams, patient communities and health care systems across the UK to test new approaches and to spread what works so that all patients can benefit.

In the last 15 years, we have learned a great deal about how to make change happen in health care, investing over £200m in grants and research in this area, and in connecting over 4,000 people as part of our Q community.

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Strengthening NHS management and leadership

26 February 2022

About 18 mins to read

Long read

Drawing on interviews with NHS managers and leaders, this long read sets out insights on the role...


Harnessing the potential of automation and AI in health care

16 February 2022

Tim Horton and Tom Hardie set out 15 recommendations to help policymakers and the NHS get the best...

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Agility: the missing ingredient for NHS productivity

13 October 2021

About 24 mins to read

Long read

Which improvement approaches have the potential to increase productivity in the NHS? Tim Horton,...

Research report

Switched on

June 2021
Research report

Analysis exploring the opportunities for automation and AI in health care and the challenges of...

Partnerships to support quality improvement

We have invested in flagship partnerships and initiatives to build capability and the evidence base for improvement.

Improvement projects that we fund

We support front-line teams across the UK who are working to improve health and social care.

Adoption and spread of innovation and technology in the NHS

Find out about the ways in which we’re supporting the change, not just the technology.

The contribution of the health and care system to improving health

We explore the wider contribution that health care services can make to improving health through an increased focus on prevention, health inequalities and tackling the social determinants of health.

Improvement in general practice

A collection of resources and funded projects focusing on quality improvement in general practice.

Useful publications and resources on quality improvement

We aim to share best practice and knowledge on quality improvement, from how to spread new ideas to developing approaches to evaluation.

Health care improvement fellowships

Our fellowship programmes are designed for future and senior leaders who are passionate about improving the quality of health and care.

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Work with us

We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

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The Q community

Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

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