Quality Improvement

Our work to promote quality improvement among providers of treatment for bowel cancer.

NBOCA Healthcare Improvement Plan

The aim of the NBOCA Healthcare Improvement Plan is to involve all members of the multidisciplinary team managing patients with bowel cancer, covering all areas of the pathway, from diagnosis and peri-operative care to adjuvant and neoadjuvant oncological management, stage IV disease and end of life care.

NBOCA will be providing trusts/hospitals/MDTs with relevant metrics across the patient pathway. NBOCA Quality Improvement priorities were developed in consultation with stakeholders in the Clinical Advisory Group and are described in the NBOCA Quality Improvement (QI) Plan.


NBOCA QI Workshop 2023

NBOCA hosted a QI workshop at the ACPGBI 2023 annual meeting: ACPGBI 2023 Programme

The QI workshop generated fantastic engagement with over 75 attendees contributing to the design of the NBOCA ileostomy closure QI intervention.

We welcome all colorectal MDT members to join us for a showcase of colorectal cancer QI initiatives and the unique selling points of NBOCA at the 2024 ACPGBI annual meeting in Wales.

Introduction to Quality Improvement

Links to organisations providing essential reading and background to Quality Improvement

Source Title
Royal College of Surgeons of England Quality improvement in surgery
Royal College of Radiologists Quality Improvement in Clinical Radiology
HQIP HQIP eLearning
Hughes, RG Tools and strategies for quality improvement and patient safety
Health Foundation Quality improvement made simple
NICE Putting NICE Guidance into practice
NHS Wales Improvement Cymru 

Quality Improvement Methods and Tools

Links to useful Quality Improvement methods and tools including templates

Source Title
NHS Improvement Quality, service improvement and redesign (QSIR) tools by stage of the patient pathway
NHS Improvement Quality, service improvement and redesign (QSIR) tools by type of task
Institute for Healthcare Improvement Quality Improvement Essentials Toolkit
HQIP Clinical audit: a guide for NHS Boards and partners
East London NHS Foundation Trust Quality Improvement Resources
National Institute of Clinical Excellence Quality Improvement resources for commissioners 

National Quality Improvement programmes

National programmes working to improve the quality of care and use the findings from the NBOCA to underpin their work

Source Title
National Clinical Audit Benchmarking Benchmarked NBOCA data utilised for CQC hospital inspections
Getting it Right First Time Variation in general surgery delivery and clinical practice