Our approach

Access QI is a national programme delivered by Healthcare Improvement Scotland's ihub and NHS Education for Scotland.
This programme is currently funded by Scottish Government to run till October 2020 with an agreement that:

  • With the resources available, the focus will initially be on three accelerator sites, though we will put in place a Scotland-wide learning system to ensure rapid sharing of learning more broadly.
  • An extension beyond October 2020 is dependent on Scottish Government securing further funding.

The design of the programme has been agreed by Scottish Government and is represented in the diagram below.

The four main pillars underpinning Access QI: Building QI capacity for Access Improvement, Support to ensure infrastructures and culture enable application of QI expertise to priority areas of work. System to share learning about what is and isn't working. High impact changes, change packages and measurement guidance.

National implementation support underpins Access QI through four main pillars:

  • Building the capability within teams and across pathways of care to deploy QI to improve waiting times whilst maintaining or improving the quality of care.
  • Providing support to ensure infrastructures and culture enable application of QI expertise to priority areas of access improvement work.
  • Working with other national programmes to develop new and strengthen existing systems to share learning about what is and isn't working.
  • Working with other national programmes to ensure readily accessible information and guidance is available on High Impact Changes, Change packages and Measurement.

We will develop tools and resources related to the four pillars and share them from November 2019 to October 2020. Current resources can be found on our tools and resources page.

You can find out more about the origins and design of Access QI in the programme design proposal.