- PDSA cycle (tool)
We can use PDSA cycles to test an idea for change by temporarily trialling a change and assessing its impact. There are four distinct stages to the PDSA cycle:
- Plan – the change that needs to be tested or implemented
- Do – carry out or test the change
- Study – data before and after the change and reflect on what is learned
- Act – plan the next change cycle or full implementation
We may not get the results you expect when making changes to our processes, so it is safer, and more effective to test out improvements on a small scale before implementing them across the board. As with any change, ownership is key to implementing the improvement successfully. If we involve a range of colleagues and service users in trying something out on a small scale before it is fully operational, we will reduce the barriers to change.
Some additional resources for PDSA cycles
The PDSA cycle 101: video from BMJ Quality
Plan, do, study, act (PDSA) cycles and the Model for Improvement by NHS England and NHS Improvement, suggested by @HassanmahmoodDr
Benefits of PDSA cycles by Jason Williams in LifeQI
An example of using a PDSA process to improve the quality of pledges that people made following a training programme by @NikkiDQIC
Evolving quality improvement support strategies to improve Plan–Do–Study–Act cycle fidelity: a retrospective mixed-methods study: BMJ Quality and Safety article suggested by @julie4clahrc
A systematic review of the application of the plan–do–study–act method to improve quality in healthcare: BMJ Quality and Safety article suggested by @julie4clahrc
2. What matters to you? (method)
Asking “what matters to you” is a simple, yet profound idea for creating deeply personal engagements with patients or service users and their family members. Because patients are the true experts on their own needs and experiences asking, listening and responding to what matters to them is a key feature of person- and family-centred care. Asking “What matters to you?” has a positive impact on quality, safety, and the wellbeing of people who work in health and care.
A global movement has grown up supporting “what matters to you?”. Whilst we should be asking these questions every single day, June 9 is marked as the annual worldwide celebration of “what matters to you?”
Content from What matters to you? The Institute for Healthcare Improvement
Additional resources for What matters to you?
The WMTY.world website showing links to the websites of organisations around the world that have championed WMTY implementation. Suggested by @WmtyWorld