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Welcome to the HSRC website

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 was appointed as the first Director of this new centre and other staff are currently being recruited.

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

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

Health Services Research (HSR) is most easily described as research directly involving patients or groups of patients, but excluding early phase clinical studies, which are now commonly referred to as "Experimental Medicine". HSR is more formally 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.

The overarching aim of the HSRC is to be a resource to assist the anaesthetic community within the UK to improve the care of our patients. Please contact us if you would like to get involved, collaborate, or simply hear more.

Professor Mike Grocott
Director, Health Services Research Centre