Life QI's journey started when an early partnership was formed in 2015 with the South West of England Academic Health Science Network, in England with an aim to deliver an online platform that assisted frontline health and social care staff in running quality improvement (QI) projects. Levels of improvement work varied across a range of organisations with limited accessibility to the data. Staff became increasingly frustrated with using multiple, clunky software applications to record their quality improvement and patient safety work which identified a clear gap in the market for an all-in-one solution.
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The platform enables organisations to accurately track improvement, monitor trends over time and easily identify the projects that are excelling and those that have stalled.
A key benefit is that it can track whether training and support is resulting in genuine improvement activity without having to ask busy teams for reports and information.
Functionality has also been built in that allows QI projects to be explored in other settings around the UK and to build communities of shared interest.
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The SWAHSN came to us with the idea of developing a system that could be used in the south-west to help hospitals run improvement projects. In working with them, we realised there was also a much wider need in other parts of the country so offered it initially to the NHS market and subsequently worldwide.
Jason Williams - Business Development Director, Life QI.
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The South West AHSN and SeeData Ltd jointly funded the initial development of Life QI and since 2015, all 15 AHSNs have successfully supported the spread and adoption of the platform across England.
Impact & Outcomes
AHSNs have successfully supported the spread and adoption of the platform across England and Life QI has continued that expansion into international healthcare markets. The platform now supports 32 countries with their QI journeys.
Seedata has grown a team around the Life QI product and they now support over 2,000 organisations to use the platform around the world. Projects range from small scale local improvements to regional and even national improvements such as the Maternity and Neonatal Safety Collaborative. The nature and impact of the projects run on Life QI is hugely wide ranging – positive impacts have been seen in areas such as reducing medication errors, reducing violence on psychiatric wards, reducing waiting times, improving joy at work and other areas. It is also being used to demonstrate and facilitate the spread of improvements such as NEWS and the ED checklist. In the UK alone there are over 11,000 active projects and 1,200 completed projects (as of September 2020). Crucially 60% of the completed projects have demonstrated meaningful improvement.