Knowledge is the enemy of disease

This review aimed to provide guidance for researchers seeking to measure factors thought to modify the effect of Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) in primary care settings.”

Measuring organizational and individual factors thought to influence the success of quality improvement in primary care: a systematic review
SE Brennan, M Bosch, H Buchan, SE Green
Implementation Science, 2012, 7:121
Full text [pdf]
(With thanks to QIPP Alert)


NHS Improvement have published a new series of documents on managing stroke. Titles include, continuing health care in stroke, early supported discharge (ESD), patient and public engagement and experience, psychological care, rapid response to acute stroke, six month reviews, seven day therapy services and Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA)

The NHS Commissiong Board has produced information packs for each local authority and CCG area in England.The Local Authority packs present high level comparative information on the NHS, the Adult Social Care and the Public Health Frameworks. The CCG level packs provide a more detailed analysis of NHS outcomes and other relevant indicators. They offer, the Board says, a ‘quick and easy-to-use summary of [the] current position on outcomes’
Packs for our locality are:

Worthing Health Sciences Library is open 9-5 on 24, 27, 28, and 31 December, and closed 25, 26 December and 1 January while the Dunhill Library, St Richard’s, Chichester is closed from 24 December to 1 January inclusive.
Our electronic services never close, however, and e-books and e-journals can be accessed at with an NHS Athens password. You can search our catalogue, renew books and order items at
With next wishes for a merry Christmas and a happy new year

Determining arrangements for supporting research in primary and community care | Department of Health.

Everyone Counts


The NHS Commissioning Board has published Everyone Counts, which it claims will drive a revolution for patients.
‘….the document outlines the incentives and levers that will be used to improve services from April 2013, the first year of the new NHS where improvement is driven by clinical commissioners. It also addresses health inequalities…’

Further, they have also published comparative information on outcomes for patients in all CCG and local authority areas to support local planning of health and care.

From the BMJ web development blog Cases Database launched: unlocking the value of medical case reports.

Run by BioMedCentral, the database is freely accessible and contains 11627 cases from 100 different journals.

The database offers structured search and filtering by condition, symptom, intervention, pathogen, patient demographic and many other data fields, allowing fast identification of relevant case reports to support clinical practice and research.


The Department of Health has published Innovation health and wealth one year on [pdf], an update on the implementation of the NHS Chief Executive’s report, Innovation health and wealth, accelerating adoption and diffusion in the NHS, which appeared last December.

The Shape of Training review’s call for ideas and evidence for the review is live until 8 February 2013.
The review is looking at the future of postgraduate medical training asnd will mpresent its final report in the summer of 2013.

IAPT, the Improving access to psychological therapies programme, have produced their three-year report, the first million patient. Full report [pdf] and summary [pdf] or read it online