Although the actions of a particular clinician with an\ud individual patient in the consultation are important\ud for a successful outcome for that service user, quality\ud improvement is rarely due to individual efforts. Instead,\ud it is usually the sum of actions of individuals linked through their professional roles, the teams and organisations in which they work as well as the wider\ud context of health care. These together constitute the\ud system of care; the focus therefore has to be to develop\ud the system in order to support individual clinical decisions\ud at the front line of health care. The series of\ud editorial and discussion papers in this themed issue\ud on ‘Organisational and Educational Interventions for\ud Quality Improvement’ tackle how this might be best\ud achieved. They address which organisational interventions\ud improve care, why education underpins their\ud effectiveness, how the organisational context provides\ud the glue to link these and the contribution of the wider\ud policy context to fuel change
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