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Centre for Implementation Science

About the Centre for Implementation Science


The Centre for Implementation Science is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London, a research organisation that brings together researchers, health professionals, NHS managers, commissioners, patients and service users to improve health services in south London.

The Centre for Implementation Science is home to a team of expert implementation and improvement science researchers, including health economists and statisticians, who support CLAHRC South London in its work. This team are investigating how best to help ‘implement’ evidence-based practice and clinical research within health services in south London and beyond.

As part of this work, the team studies the role of healthcare professionals, managers, commissioners of health services and policymakers as well as organisational structures and processes to try to understand why health services don’t always offer the safest, most effective treatments and ways of working. They also study which circumstances make it easier for research results to be adopted.

The Centre for Implementation Science (CIS) is led by Professor Nick Sevdalis, Professor of Implementation Science and Patient Safety at King’s College London.

Within the CIS, there are six teams:

  • Implementation research team, led by Professor Nick Sevdalis. Professor Sevdalis and his colleagues support the work of the CLAHRC health research teams, and seek to develop the discipline of implementation science. Health economics expertise is provided by Andy Healey, senior research fellow.
  • King's Improvement Science (KIS), a specialist team of improvement science specialists set up by King's Health Partners and working with health professionals to make services in south-east London better. The KIS team is led by Dr Lucy Goulding.
  • A dedicated team of experts in patient and public involvement (PPI), led by Professor Diana Rose, co-director of the Service User Research Enterprise (SURE). They aim to evaluate the effect of patient and public involvement on the work of CLAHRC South London. The team also works with other CLAHRC South London researchers on PPI activities.
  • A capacity building team, led by Dr Rachel Allen, which develops training for health professionals, researchers, patients and service users in implementation and improvement science, and applied health services research. This includes an annual Implementation Science Masterclass and an implementation science research conference. They also run an advice service for those developing their own quality improvement or implementation projects. 
  • Administrative and communications staff who offer support to all CLAHRC South London researchers, led by Dr Jane Stafford
  • Informatics support is provided by team based at the Health Innovation Network (South London Academic Health Science Network), led by Dan Dartington.
To find out more about the Centre for Implementation Science and the work of the CLAHRC South London, visit


page updated 19 December 2018
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