Last week, a 1000 Lives Improvement master class looked at using ‘annual quality statements’ as a way of supporting improvement and celebrating the successes of NHS Wales organisations and its staff.
Since 2013 every NHS Wales organisation has been required to produce an Annual Quality Statement (AQS). This year the Welsh Government has produced the NHS Wales AQS covering the whole country for the first time.
The AQS is important because it presents information for the public and patients about services in NHS Wales in an accessible, easy-to-read format. It’s easy to get bogged down in data and statistics, and if figures are presented without any context then it’s hard to know if they represent good performance or whether urgent improvement is needed.