Julia Wood & Associates


Improve your services through quality improvement.

Quality improvement refers to the systematic use of tried and tested tools, techniques and methodologies. These can be applied to improving quality and outcomes, increasing productivity and reducing costs, for patients as well as for corporate and administrative functions.

There are many examples across the NHS which show that even relatively small-scale improvement initiatives can lead to significant benefits. The potential benefit is even greater if quality improvement tools, techniques and methodologies are applied across organisations and systems.

The application of quality improvement approaches should be underpinned by fostering a positive culture.

Julia’s experience

Julia has supported over 50 healthcare organisations with quality improvement training, coaching, and hands-on support.

Julia’s quality improvement roles include, but are not limited to:

  • National: Department of Health and Social Care
  • Regional: AQuA (Advancing Quality Alliance) and AHSN NENC (Academic Health Science Network for North East and North Cumbria)
  • Organisational: Working with Trusts, community services, GP practices, and universities (including being an Academic Tutor for the Postgraduate Certificate in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement at the University of Sunderland)

Julia continues to keep her quality improvement skills up to date, and most recently has been trained by the IHI (Institute for Healthcare Improvement). Julia has also been trained by organisations including AQuA, Lancaster University, and Unipart Expert Practices, covering a wide range of approaches including lean thinking, improvement science, and the IHI Breakthrough Series.

For Julia, quality improvement underpins everything she does, and has done so since she was first introduced to this way of working over 15 years ago.

Julia’s support offer

Julia can support you in the following ways:

  • Train organisations, teams and individuals in quality improvement, tailored to meet their needs
  • Coach teams and individuals in applying quality improvement to projects and programmes of work
  • Provide hands-on support in the application of quality improvement tools, techniques and methodologies
  • Deliver a combination of training, coaching and hands-on support

Julia can provide all the above either face-to-face or virtually.

Ask Julia a question


Julia has led a significant piece of improvement work on behalf of NHS Improvement. Julia’s professionalism, enthusiasm and positive persona allowed staff to be comfortable in raising concerns or anxieties in carrying out projects, particularly as the tools, techniques and methodology of quality improvement were very new to the staff involved. Julia always made herself available to support staff. Julia encouraged a very structured approach to feedback sessions and sharing lessons learnt. I would have no difficulty in recommending Julia in supporting quality improvement training in any organisation.

Yvonne Evans
Senior Clinical Advisor – Patient Safety (North)
NHS Improvement

Julia offers a truly innovative approach to providing support. She develops exciting and fun ways to deliver training, making it much more interesting to learn (and more effective).

Jacquie White
National Long Term Conditions Coach
Department of Health

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