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Indicators for Quality Improvement

What is IQI?

Developed in partnership with clinicians, the Indicators for Quality Improvement were a re-published collection of indicators from a range of other sites. These indicators were designed to be used for benchmarking and improving local services.

How do I access the indicators?

The Indicators for Quality Improvement are now archived and can be found under the archive section on our Indicator Portal

How we worked with clinicians

To make sure the indicators were useful for clinical teams, we developed the list by asking clinicians what information would be useful for them. We did this through a survey in partnership with five royal colleges and the Cardiovascular Society which took place in 2008.

Aligned to the NHS Outcomes Framework

The indicators are aligned to the domains of the NHS Outcomes Framework.



Preventing people from dying prematurely



Enhancing quality of life for people with long-term conditions



Helping people to recover from episodes of ill health or following injury



Ensuring that people have a positive experience of care

Patient Experience


Treating and caring for people in a safe environment and protecting them from avoidable harm


Note: these indicators are primarily intended for use by NHS staff to inform quality improvement activities, supported by appropriate statistical techniques to analyse and interpret the data.

We do not recommend other re-productions of the indicators, such as 'league-tables' or data analyses which claim to describe organisational performance on the basis of individual indicators. This may result in misleading conclusions about the relative quality of services provided across the NHS.

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