In 2021. the National Quality Board (NQB) refreshed its Shared commitment to quality, which describes what quality is and how it can be delivered in integrated care systems (ICSs). It reflects the ambition set out by the NQB in 2015: "We want improving people’s experiences to be as important as improving clinical outcomes and safety."
This document provides an overarching context for work on improving experience of care as a principal and integral part of delivering safe and effective care. It sets out a shared understanding of experience and what the best possible experience of care looks like, and outlines key components for delivering the best possible experience of care:
- Co-production as default for improvement
- Using insight and feedback
- Improving experience of care at the core priority work programmes
The NQB was set up in 2009 to promote the importance of quality across health and care on behalf of NHS England and Improvement, NHS Digital, the Care Quality Commission, the Office of Health Promotion and Disparities, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Health Education England, the Department of Health and Social Care and Healthwatch England.