Health Services Research Centre

The NIAA Health Services Research Centre (HSRC) was launched on Wednesday 16th March 2011 and is located at the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Professor Mike Grocott has been appointed as the first Director of this new centre and is supported by Dr Mike Galsworthy, HSRC Researcher.

Health Services Research (HSR) is defined as research with the aim of improving patient outcomes (safety, effectiveness and experience), and evaluating the organisation, management, finances, and delivery of healthcare. It encompasses clinical epidemiology and clinical trials, to demonstrate the effectiveness of interventions (phase III, health technology assessment). Basic science (animal and 'bench-top') studies and early stage safety and efficacy clinical trials (phase I & II) do not fall within this definition.

Within the clinical areas of anaesthesia (including perioperative medicine, pain and the anaesthetic sub-specialities), the HSRC has three aims:

  • Initiating and coordinating large scale clinical audits (including NAPs) and quality improvement initiatives
  • Methodological innovation in clinical measurement
  • Conducting and facilitating research to improve patient outcomes

Click here to read a biography for Professor Mike Grocott.

Click here to access the HSRC website and to read more about current projects.