Folder Tools and guides

This section includes a wide range of practical tools and guides that the PSMU has found useful.  Primarily related to measurement for improvement, this collection of resources will help users to explore some of the more technical aspects of using data for improvement as well as tools to support the 'doing'. 

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Documents

default Introduction to measurement for improvement

By 95 downloads

Mike Davidge provides an introduction to measurement for improvement in this 10 minute video.  Requires access to YouTube.

default NHS Improvement SPC tool

By 87 downloads

Created by the Improvement Analytics team at NHS Improvement, this is an Excel based SPC tool which allows users to drop their data into a template and generate an SPC chart.  Has a wide range of functionality built in including:

  • Special cause rule identification
  • Control limit calculation and rebasing
  • Annotation
  • Plotting a range of frequencies (daily, weekly)

Requires macros to be enabled in order to work fully.  Updates to this tool are published via the online Measurement for Improvement community, but will be reflected here.

pdf SPC tutorial (Mohmammed MA et al. 2008)

By 75 downloads

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Mohammed MA et al 2008 SPC charts tutorial.pdf

SPC tutorial (Mohmammed MA et al. 2008)

An excellent primer for anyone interested in creating their own SPC charts.  Provides an overview of the principles and technical steps to follow, including relevant formulae, using largely clinical examples.  

pdf Guide to control charts

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NHS Institute and QO guide to control charts.pdf

Guide to control charts

An older but comprehensive guide to using control (or SPC) charts including technical elements such as choosing a chart and calculating control limits.

pdf Run charts into practice

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HIS runcharts in practice.pdf

Run charts into practice

Health Improvement Scotland's guide to using run charts in a practical context.

pdf Good Indicator Guide

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The Good Indicators Guide.pdf

Good Indicator Guide

This guide was published by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement and The Association of Public Health Observatories. It focuses on the key principles behind developing, understanding and using indicators.

pdf Housley et al 2017 Accurate Identification of hospital admissions from care homes

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Housley et al 2017 Accurate Identification of hospital admissions from care homes.pdf

Housley et al 2017 Accurate Identification of hospital admissions from care homes

Paper outlining a practical approach to identifying admissions from care homes, validated against a 'gold standard'.

pdf Healthcare Serious Incident Cost Calculator

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Carthey J 2016 The healthcare serious incident cost calculator.pdf

Healthcare Serious Incident Cost Calculator

Building on HSE's Incident Cost Calculator, Dr Jane Carthey has developed a Healthcare Incident Cost Calculator.  The tool aims to focus senior manager’s attention on the financial implications of not investing in patient safety, in a climate driven by finance and efficiency savings.

pdf Run charts as a simple analytical tool for understanding variation in healthcare

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Perla et al 2010 The Run chart Simple Analytical Tool for Learning from Variation in Healthcare.pdf

Run charts as a simple analytical tool for understanding variation in healthcare

An excellent guide to plotting and using run charts with a clear explanation of the 'run chart rules'.  Particularly useful in explaining and quantifying the 'number of runs' rule.