Who we are

King’s Patient Safety and Service Quality Research Centre (King's PSSQ) was one of two nationally designated Patient Safety and Service Quality centres funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), and established as part of the Government’s 'Best Research for Best Health’ strategy. The Centre was active from July 2007 - July 2012. Researchers are continuing to submit papers to peer reviewed publications.

We looked at how services are both organised and delivered, studying safety and quality practices in the health care sector as well as drawing upon knowledge and best practice from other industries. To do this, we brought together a team of highly experienced NHS professionals and academic experts from across the social sciences. We took a closer look at health care practices at different levels; from individual experiences of care, to organisation of particular services through to Trust-wide implementation of government policy. For more information about our research please visit our Programmes section.

King's PSSQ was formed through a strong working partnership that brought together the expertise of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and King’s College London. Senior members of staff from both organisations worked together to research techniques to improve services throughout the health service.

King's PSSQ played an important role in the King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre. This pioneering collaboration between King’s College London and King’s College Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts, aims to bring about fast, effective improvements for patients in London and beyond by combining the best of research, clinical excellence and world-class teaching.