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About AQuA

Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA) is a membership body which aims to improve the quality of healthcare. We are funded by our Members and customers who include: Foundation Trusts, Mental Health Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local Authorities. AQuA has a unique opportunity to act as a catalyst for change across the North West of England and beyond.

What AQuA Does

AQuA’s approach is to work with its Members and customers to promote and share knowledge of best practice to improve the quality of healthcare. AQuA provides improvement training to its Members to strengthen their organisations as well as intelligence and comparative information to stimulate innovation.

AQuA does this in the following ways:
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Provides easy access to the best available evidence and to examples of good practice locally and globally. Supplies benchmarked intelligence to highlight
opportunities for improvement and to measure progress.

Offers a range of quality improvement initiatives to engage frontline staff and leaders in developing innovative solutions and rapidly spreading best practice.

Links the Membership directly to the best UK and international expertise through partnerships with organisations such as The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust.

Presents opportunities for learning about improvement for all groups of staff, It will bring together like minded individuals in ‘communities of practice’ to develop their knowledge and skills as part of the AQuA Associates programme.

Latest News


April’s edition of AQuA news is now available, follow the Publications link to access this and other AQuA material.


AQuA features in a new Health Foundation learning report: Effective networks for improvement

The learning report identifies key lessons and a new framework to develop and manage effective networks to support quality improvement in healthcare.
This report offers those contemplating setting up and managing effective networks a promising framework to lead and engage in work to improve quality.
It will help those who want to use networks as a mechanism for change, and guide improvement leaders to ensure their networks are designed and run in line with what works best.
While there is no ‘one size fits all’ formula for network design, the report does present a new framework, the ’5C wheel’ that has five core features that have been identified as key for an effective and successful network. The features are:
- common purpose
- cooperative structure
- critical mass
- collective intelligence
- community building

The learning report presents the key findings from the evidence review, undertaken by McKinsey Hospital Institute. The review drew on the literature, empirical evidence and used seven established networks as case studies to describe the component parts of a successful improvement network.

View the report now at


Congratulations to AQuA members successful at the HSJ Awards 2013

Several AQuA members were triumphant at the HSJ Awards either taking home an award or being highly commended. Our congratulations to Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust; Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust; Wirral Community Trust and St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Trust. Read more about the award winners via the HSJ website. 

Advancing Quality wins Guardian Public Services Award 2013

We are absolutely delighted our flagship programme scooped the title for Measuring Excellence at the Guardian Public Services Awards 2013. Find out more via the Advancing Quality website