National working group on Quality Improvement


Terms of Reference


-        To develop a strategy for speeding and embedding quality improvement across the health and social care delivery system in the short, medium and long terms (2 yrs, 5 yrs, 10+ yrs).

-        To develop a vision of quality, defined as fair, personalised, effective, safe.

-        To understand how high quality can be achieved in the NHS.

-        To devise a set of metrics, and an accompanying system for measuring, benchmarking, sharing and publicising the quality of services.

-        To develop a set of recommendations with a view to improve, reinvigorating and potentially redefining the "quality landscape" in England.

-        To base the work on national and international evidence of best practice and translatable lessons from other healthcare systems that could be learnt by the NHS in the areas of standard setting, data collection in clinical practice, inspection and review of healthcare service, and supporting quality improvement efforts.




-        Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP - Minister of State for Public Health

-        Ann Keen MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

-        Sir Liam Donaldson - Chief Medical Officer

-        Prof Sir Bruce Keogh - NHS Medical Director, DH

-        Prof Christine Beasley - Chief Nursing Officer, DH

-        Dr Peter Carter - Royal College of Nursing

-        Mr Derek Butler - MRSA Action UK

-        Sir Ian Carruthers OBE - Chief Executive, NHS South West

-        Ms Karen Straughair - Chief Executive, Sunderland PCT

-        Prof Aidan Halligan - Elision Health Limited

-        Ken Smart - British Airways (former UK Chief Inspector of Air Accidents)

-        Dr Heinrich Aduebert - Stroke Unit, Guy's & St Thomas', London

-        Prof Anthony Sheehan, Chief Executive, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust

-        Michael Neeb, Hospital Corporation of America (UK)

-        Prof Mike Richards - National Clinical Director for Cancer, DH

-        Prof Sabaratnam Arulkumaran - quality expert, RCOG

-        Sir Ian Kennedy - Chief Executive, Healthcare Commission

-        Prof Kingma - Medisch Spectrum Twente

-        Duncan Selbie - Chief Executive, Brighton Hospitals NHS Acute Trust




For more information contact Derek Butler


Telephone: 07762 741114