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Step 5: Implement, embed and sustain


Implementing the outputs from a successful test into operational practice requires good project management and communication skills.

A useful approach is to involve those colleagues as early as possible who will be directly responsible for making the changes happen at a local level. This helps to gain their input into the improvements so they have a ‘stake’ in making sure changes are successfully delivered and the benefits (quality of care, efficiency or economic) realised.

Methods and tools


Formalised procedure in place to ensure the improvement is embedded into routine practice and sustained with governance arrangements.

Project completed.

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