King’s Improvement Science

Who we are

King’s Improvement Science (KIS) is a research programme which aims to improve the quality of health and social care for people across south London and beyond. 

We work with local providers using our expertise in quality improvement and implementation science to achieve better outcomes for patients and service users. 


How we work

The KIS programme supports scalable projects and programmes that improve care delivery and outcomes across King’s Health Partners (KHP) organisations: Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts. 

The KIS team also develop methodological research to further advance the sciences of improvement and implementation and inform better care.

KIS comprises an interdisciplinary team of researchers with expertise in improvement and implementation sciences, evaluation, patient and public involvement (PPI), economics, service user researchers and a core team of managers and communications professionals. We work closely with colleagues in the Centre for Implementation Science, the Health Innovation Network and NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South London.

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“We aim to improve the way health and social care is delivered, bringing about cost-effective care and improving health and social care outcomes for patients, service users and carers.”

- Professor Nick Sevdalis, Principal Investigator

Our funders

The KIS programme is funded by King’s Health Partners (£2.5m in total for 2019-2024) and is aligned to the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South London.

KIS is led by Nick Sevdalis, professor of implementation science and patient safety, and director of the Centre for Implementation Science at King’s College London. KIS is one of the funded research programmes hosted within the Centre for Implementation Science (CIS) at King’s College London.

This is the second phase of funding for King’s Improvement Science. It was originally funded by KHP for five years from 2013 to 2018.

Our history

King’s Improvement Science was established in 2013 and funded with £2.5m under the leadership of Professor Sir Graham Thornicroft. 

KIS supported five quality improvement projects at KHP Trusts, working in collaboration with health professionals, managers, patients and service users. A major deliverable of this work was the launch in 2018 of the KIS ‘Resources about Improvement and Implementation’, which can be used to design scientific or practical improvement projects. 

Further to the above project work, KIS was also supported by £2m provided by the Maudsley Charity and the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity [now Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation] to host 14 improvement science postdoctoral fellows between 2015 and 2019, as part of the KIS capacity building programme. This successful programme of work also concluded in September 2019. 

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