New Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre

SDHI is pleased to be a core partner of the The Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre – a Scotland-wide initiative to improve quality of patient care and ensure that world-leading research leads to impact across society. The multidisciplinary initiative has been received £3.25 million of funding for 5 years from the Scottish Funding Council, the Chief Scientist Office, The Health Foundation, and NHS Education for Scotland (NES). The Centre will be based at the University of Dundee but it will be a large-scale collaboration involving universities, health boards, local authorities, patients, carers, communities and advocacy groups. It will be led by the University’s Professor Mary Renfrew and Professor Dilip Nathwani from NHS Tayside.

Several SDHI team members will contribute to this effort, including Co-Directors Davies and Kroll and Dr Jacqui Morris.

The Centre’s partners include:

Universities – Dundee, Stirling, St Andrews, Aberdeen, Edinburgh Napier, Strathclyde, West of Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian, with support from Coventry, University College London and Ottawa.

NHS Boards – Tayside, Fife, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Highland, Lothian, Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Ayrshire and Arran

Third sector, patient, carer and community perspective – Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, Alzheimer Scotland, Ardgowan Hospice

National NHS – NHS Education Scotland, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Scottish Health Council, NHS National Service Scotland, Scottish Ambulance Service, NHS 24, QI Hub

Local authorities – Perth and Kinross Council, South Lanarkshire Council

Scottish Government – Quality Unit

Private sector – Scottish Care

International improvement science partners – Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Boston, USA, Qulturum Center for Learning and Innovation in Healthcare, Jönköping, Sweden

The Scottish Funding Council (SFC) SFC is responsible for allocating public funds to colleges and universities in support of Scottish Government priorities. SFC’s funding contributes towards the costs of learning and teaching, skills development, research, innovation and other costs such as staff, buildings and equipment in Scotland’s 19 universities and 25 colleges www.sfc.ac.uk

The Chief Scientist Office (CSO) is part of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates. It supports and promotes high quality research aimed at improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of services offered by NHSScotland and securing lasting improvements to the health of the people of Scotland www.cso.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is NHSScotland’s national education and training Board. They are responsible for supporting NHS services to the people of Scotland through the development and delivery of education and training for all those who work in NHSScotland. They also work closely with a range of partners to deliver its vision of Quality Education for a Healthier Scotland www.nes.scot.nhs.uk

The Health Foundation is an independent charity working to improve the quality of healthcare in the UK. It wants the UK to have a healthcare system of the highest possible quality – safe, effective, person-centred, timely, efficient and equitable. The Health Foundation believes that in order to achieve this health services need to continually improve the way they work. They inspire and create the space for people to make lasting improvements to health services. They also conduct research and evaluation, put ideas into practice through a range of improvement programmes, and develop leaders and share evidence to drive wider change www.health.org.uk

In the following months, we will bring you regular updates of the new Centre’s work.