• Commentary
  • Published January 2019

Harveian Oration 2018: improving quality and safety in healthcare.

The United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) is known for both patient safety achievements and failures. This commentary discusses the unique opportunity the NHS embodies to improve practice. Highlighting system-level challenges due to lack of resources and funding, the author describes the role of health care professions in fostering continued achievements through the application of improvement science.

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