Implementation and Improvement Research Group

Implementation and Improvement Research Group

The aim of this group is to develop a centre of excellence in implementation and improvement research.


  • To conduct high quality multi-disciplinary implementation and improvement research
  • To participate in local implementation and improvement work with St George’s University London, St George’s NHS Trust and other local partners
  • To support the career development of researchers and NHS staff with an interest in implementation and improvement
  • To promote the importance of research informed implementation and improvement
  • To support other Faculty groups in conducting implementation and improvement projects
Teaching and Learning

The group offer:

  • A Masters level module on Implementation and Improvement Science
  • PhD supervision
  • Seminars and short courses
Publications (activity and grants)

Boaz, Annette, Baeza, Juan and Fraser, Alec (2016) Does the ‘diffusion of innovations’ model enrich understanding of research use? Case studies of the implementation of thrombolysis services for stroke.Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, ISSN (print) 1355-8196 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Boaz, A, Robert, G, Locock, L, Sturmey, G, Gager, M, Vougioukalou, S, Ziebland, S and Fielden, J (2016) What patients do and their impact on implementation: an ethnographic study of participatory quality improvement projects in English acute hospitals. Journal of Health Organization and Management, 30(2), pp. 258-278. ISSN (print) 1477-7266Boaz, Annette, Hanney, Stephen, Jones, Teresa and Soper, Bryony (2015) Does the engagement of clinicians and organisations in research improve healthcare performance: a three-stage review. BMJ Open, 5(12), e009415 -e009415. ISSN (print) 0959-8138

Clarke D, Jones F, Harris R on behalf of the Collaborative Rehabilitation Environments in Acute Stroke (CREATE) team, et al What outcomes are associated with developing and implementing co-produced interventions in acute healthcare settings? A rapid evidence synthesis BMJ Open 2017;7:e014650. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-014650

Jones, Fiona, McKevitt, Christopher, Riazi, Afsane and Liston, Matthew (2017) How is rehabilitation with and without an integrated self-management approach perceived by UK community dwelling stroke survivors? A qualitative process evaluation to explore implementation and contextual variations. BMJ Open, 7(4), e014109. ISSN (online) 2044-6055

Jones, Fiona, Poestges, Heide and Brimicombe, Lucinda (2016) Building bridges between healthcare professionals, patients and families : a coproduced and integrated approach to self-management support in stroke. NeuroRehabilitation, 39(4), pp. 471-480. ISSN (print) 1053-8135



Professor Annette Boaz

Professor Fiona Jones