The foundations of The PROSPER project are set in Quality Improvement Methodology, and this guide will demonstrate the processes the project promotes to help you achieve continual improvement.
Below is a 'Model for Improvement' whch was created by The Institute of Healthcare Improvement, however, it is also the 'Model for Improvement' upon which PROSPER bases all of its Quality Improvement Methodology processes.
PROSPER has found using Quality Improvement Methodology will also lead to a change in culture within the home, by people becoming more aware, and taking an interest, in how the home is performing. As well as participating in the improvement initiatives in the three areas PROSPER predominantly focus on, falls, UTIs and pressure ulcers
You can see from the model above that before you attempt any improvement initiatives in your home, you need to ask three questions:
- What are we trying to accomplish?
- How will we know that a change is an Improvement?
- What changes can we make that will result in improvement?
However, before you can start considering these questions you will need to collect some data to get a baseline of where you are at the present time, and be able to measure whether any changes are making an improvement.
Next: Collecting Data - PROSPER Runtime Dashboard