Quality Improvement Partner Panels

A new public involvement initiative designed to improve the quality of health and care services.


Quality Improvement Partner Panels (QuIPPs) have been developed by the South West Academic Health Science Network to support the work of health and social care organisations and innovators by ensuring the voice of the public is involved in improvement projects and the development of innovation.

The aim of QuIPPs is to provide support, advice and suggestions to quality improvement project teams or innovators in health and social care. These may be small improvements on wards, or in general practice and community settings, or on strategic planning for system wide implementation.

Our first cohort of QuIPPs members were recruited in summer 2018 and graduated from the four-day quality improvement training programme which ran over the winter in February 2019. Over 30 members of the public now form four different panels covering the South West of England.

Watch this short film to find out how some of the QuIPPs partners found the training programme:

Find out how the first QuIPPs training day went in a blog by SW AHSN associate director of patient and public involvement Jono Broad.

How to use QuIPPs as a resource for an improvement project or innovation

If you work in a health or social care team and are planning or running a quality improvement project, or you are an innovator working on a new product, service change or general improvement, you need to consider how you involve the public and patients. QuIPPs is a resource which the SW AHSN is offering free-of-charge, and can help you receive timely, effective and meaningful public engagement.

If you would like to find out more or present to a panel, please get in touch with Jono by emailing QUIPPS@swahsn.com or calling 01392 247903.

Becoming a QuIPPs member

Recruitment for the 2018 pilot programme has closed. We will update this page when we are able to recruit more members of the public to the programme. If you have any questions, please get in touch at QUIPPS@swahsn.com.

Anybody can apply to be a member, and those who are successful in completing the training programme will become a QuIPPs member.

We are committed to making reasonable and practical arrangements so that everyone can effectively participate in the QuIPPs programme.

Download the information leaflet.
Download the Quality Improvement Partner Panels Terms of Reference.
Download the role description. 

QuIPPs is part of the Health Foundation’s Q Exchange programme. The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.