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Rapid improvement events – introduction

Lean has become a substantial topic for the health sector. Rapid improvement events are part of the Lean toolkit and provide a mechanism for making radical changes to current processes and activities within very short timescales.

The following pages provide a set of resources to investigating rapid improvement events, understanding the potential benefits that they can provide to your organisation and taking the idea of undertaking a rapid improvement event forwards.


What is a rapid improvement event? This section describes the elements and activities that create a rapid improvement event


This section describes the quantitive and qualititive benefits.

Past success

This section describes some of the success stories of rapid improvement events in the public sector and specifically in the NHS.


The NHS Institute has produced a number of short web videos and a DVD on the managing a rapid improvement event. You can order the DVD by emailing *and quoting NHSIRIE001.

What next - further help

This section describes where to go next in terms of next steps.

'Philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it'.

- Karl Marx

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