Improvement Science London

Improvement Science London

About ISL

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.

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 and thereby encourage a more evidence-informed approach to improving the way that health services are organised and delivered for patients.

ISL was initially funded for a time-limited period, to function as a catalyst and facilitator to promote and embed the science of improvement across the founding partners. We are now moving to the next phase of our development; using IS to deliver real change for people on the ground

Recent blog posts

The general practice rescue package: celebrate, briefly, and then the work of implementation begins

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 09:12:25 +0000

                    Professor Martin Marshall Lead, Improvement Science London. The 21st of April 2016 will go down as a good day for general practice, perhaps one of the best in recent decades. A few tweets ago I said that the announcement had to be sufficiently substantial and […]


A discourse of lament and a discourse of joy

Fri, 01 Apr 2016 13:26:31 +0000

                    Professor Martin Marshall Lead, Improvement Science London I recently had a chat with a health manager from New Zealand who was in London for a three month sabbatical. He told me that prior to his arrival he had read about how unhappy doctors are in […]


Confused about general practice?

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:29:24 +0000

                    Professor Martin Marshall Lead, Improvement Science London. When I first became a GP, general practice was organised in a way that was so easy to describe to people. We had practices serving defined local communities and we had Family Practitioner Committees (FPCs) which provided a […]