Improvement Science London (ISL) was established in early 2012 by the London Academic Health Science partnerships of Imperial Academic Health Science Centre, King’s Health Partners and UCL Partners.
ISL aims to promote and embed the science of improvement across the capital and thereby encourage a more evidence-based approach to improving the way that health services are organised and delivered for patients.
ISL was established for a time-limited period, to function as a catalyst and facilitator to promote and embed the science of improvement across the partner organisations.
Despite some impressive initiatives to improve the quality of healthcare, London faces an immense challenge in the coming years. Wide recognition of the gap between what we know and what we put into practice, increasing public expectations and scrutiny, tighter budgets and significant changes in the ways that services are configured all combine to determine that we cannot carry on doing what we have always done and expect to deliver improvements at pace and at scale. We need to do things differently and the practical application of scientific knowledge has much to contribute.