Delve into the evidence

Applying scientific methods and a participatory approach to generate an evidence base for how to improve quality and safety in healthcare

Themes we're focused on


Learning about new service models, workflows, and other changes in response to the practical and ethical challenges of the pandemic


Studying how to improve maternity outcomes for parents and babies through better prenatal, perinatal and postnatal services

Mental health

Working with mental health service users, carers and staff to improve primary and secondary mental healthcare


Developing innovative research methods and theories that present opportunities for healthcare improvement studies

Primary care

Co-designing improvements to initial points of contact between patients and the healthcare system, such as general practice

Remote care

Co-producing guidance with patients and staff on the appropriate role of remote care during the pandemic and in the future

Systems and culture

Taking a whole system approach to understand how quality and safety arise from complex systems and organisational culture.

Projects we’re working on

Explore large-scale research projects studying interventions and techniques aimed at improving quality and safety in healthcare. Projects are run in collaboration with NHS patients, staff, academics and the public.

Obstetric Emergency

Outputs of our work

Browse an expanding evidence base for the NHS about how to improve quality and safety in healthcare. We’re committed to publishing accessible and freely available outputs that are high quality, highly relevant, and scientifically excellent.

What can Safety Cases offer for patient safety? A multi-site case study
22 September 2023
Implementing a Perioperative care of Older People undergoing Surgery (POPS) service: findings from a multi-site qualitative implementation study
06 September 2023
Family members, ambulance clinicians and attempting CPR in the community: the ethical and legal imperative to reach collaborative consensus at speed
11 July 2023
Custodians of information: Patient and physician views on sharing medical records in the acute care setting
06 July 2023
Ethical principles and a practical approach to support policy making through the next phases of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond
06 July 2023
A systematic review of patient access to medical records in the acute setting: practicalities, perspectives and ethical consequences
06 July 2023
Addressing the erosion of compassion in acute mental health services: analysis
04 July 2023
Systems approach to health service design, delivery and improvement: a systematic review and meta-analysis
21 June 2023
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