Building an improvement research institute
The new improvement research institute is supported by the Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK
We are delighted that the University of Cambridge has been chosen by the Health Foundation to establish and run a new improvement research institute. Working closely with RAND Europe and Homerton College Cambridge and other partners in the health service, university, and charity sectors across the UK, the institute’s aim is to create the enabling infrastructure for the NHS to become the world’s largest producer of systematic learning about how to improve healthcare.
Due to launch formally in the next year, the institute will be led by Mary Dixon-Woods, RAND Professor of Health Services Research at the University of Cambridge. The institute and its partners will strengthen the evidence-base for improvement and build capacity in research methods in the NHS, academia and beyond. Together with their partners, the institute will work with the wider research and improvement communities, NHS staff, patients and carers, to identify, design and test improvements. Critically, their work will include understanding not only which interventions work, but in which contexts and why. The institute will also fund a world-class fellowship programme to build skills in improvement research across the UK, creating a new, highly skilled generation of researchers.
The institute is currently in a transitional set-up phase. Over the coming months, we will be setting up systems and processes, and will be working with our partners to co-design the principles that will govern the prioritisation of the institute’s research and allocation of resources, as well as its values.
At this early stage in the institute’s establishment we are not yet able to respond to enquiries about the fellowship programme, and, as the institute will not be a grant-giving body, we will not be in a position to accept enquiries about funding for individual research projects.
If you would like to register to receive updates about our work, please visit www.health.org.uk/institute.
The institute is a hugely exciting venture, providing an unprecedented opportunity to improve the science of how to make improvements in healthcare systems and ultimately benefit the care of patients. We are very grateful for your interest.