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21st and 22nd November 2016, Harrogate International Conference Centre, Yorkshire.

The science of improvement: The UK’s first national conference about evidence based improvements in healthcare.

Internationally, Quality Improvement methods are becoming increasingly recognised as a powerful means of delivering rapid and effective advances in the quality and safety of patient care. However, such methods have also come under criticism for being excessively evangelical, and sometimes lacking the rigour and credibility of classical research-based approaches.

The Improvement Science movement aims to bridge this divide by exploring ways of integrating Quality Improvement methods with research-based approaches. We believe that Quality Improvement methods have the potential to allow front-line teams to respond quickly and effectively to the rapidly changing world of modern healthcare but that these methods should be grounded in robust evidence.

The conference will be of interest to:

  • Healthcare Professionals
  • Improvement Experts
  • Researchers & Academics
  • Managers
  • Students
  • Anyone working in the fields of Healthcare Quality & Improvement
  • Anyone interested in Patient Safety
Full details of the conference can be found at

Yorkshire Quality & Safety Research Group now have a new website. Please follow this link
Established in 2007, the Yorkshire Quality and Safety Research (YQSR) group brings together leading academics from the Universities of York and Leeds with clinicians and managers from the Bradford health community and the Yorkshire and Humber region to co-produce high quality research that addresses NHS priorities.

The YQSR group is a multidisciplinary team whose aim is to develop and evaluate innovative solutions to patient safety problems. The group also has expertise on how to speed up the translation of these ideas into practice (Improvement Academy). A key to the success of the group has been the embedding of health research into NHS practice.

Our research is organised into three broad themes: 1) patient involvement in patient safety; 2) Organisational, team and individual learning and change for patient safety and 3) new technology and patient safety. Our work is supported by a patient panel who advise us in the planning, conduct and implementation of our research.

We are currently funded by grants from National Institute for Health Research, the Health Foundation and we lead a theme of work as part of the Collaboration and Leadership for Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for Yorkshire and Humber on ‘Evidence Based Transformation with the NHS’.

11/12/2014 Professor Rebecca Lawton's paper used in Roy Lilley's Blog