The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute)

A new research institute, led by the University of Cambridge and with HSMC as a partner, is seeking to create a world-leading asset for the NHS by improving the science behind healthcare organisation and delivery.

Launched on the 31 January 2018 the The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute) was made possible by the largest single grant ever made by the Health Foundation, an independent charity. The new institute is founded on the principle that efforts to improve care should always be based on the best quality of evidence. Some of that evidence will be created by NHS patients and staff themselves, using innovative citizen science methods in large-scale research projects.

Professor Mary Dixon-Woods talks about vision of the Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute


"If you ask people to describe the future of healthcare, they might describe a shiny vision of new treatments and technologies. These kinds of innovations are important. But how healthcare is organised and delivered, including its basic systems and processes, has perhaps just as much impact, and sometimes more, on patient outcomes and experience.”

Director of THIS Institute Professor Mary Dixon-Woods

Dr Jennifer Dixon, Chief Executive of the Health Foundation, said: “The UK population clearly wants a high quality and sustainable NHS into the future. Understanding what works, in which contexts and why, is crucial, as is obtaining that evidence fast so it can be acted on. There couldn’t be a more important time to do this, and that is why the Health Foundation has put its money where its mouth is.” 



Professor Russell Mannion, Chair of Health Systems and HSMC lead for THIS Institute

Professor Judith Smith (Director of HSMC) 

THIS Institute


the Health Foundation


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