Improvement science

New ideas, tools and research evidence about how to improve health and care services are rife. Improvement Science focuses on creating the evidence for how best to create these ideas/tools and how to embed them into practice to achieve positive change for individuals, teams, organisations and systems. We are a team of improvement researchers (including psychologists, sociologists, designers and health service researchers) with extensive experience of improvement and research methods. Our theme is led by Professor Rebecca Lawton.

The key goal of our theme is to support the core themes in ARC by applying and adapting these improvement methods and embedding a behavioural science perspective across the ARC. Specifically, this entails supporting our colleagues with:

  • diagnosing the problem
  • understanding complexity
  • developing solutions
  • evidence based implementation
  • evaluating complex interventions.

We are setting up an ‘implementation laboratory’ which will test different enhancements to audit and feedback to promote better uptake of best practice in primary care. We also support the adoption and spread of new ideas/research findings by working closely with the Improvement Academy, and act as a translational pathway for emerging ideas from the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Patient Safety Translational Research Centre.

Contact the team

Ruth Simms Ellis, Theme Manager -