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University of Cambridge awarded £40m to create world-leading health care improvement research institute

29 March 2017

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The Health Foundation, an independent charity, has announced the University of Cambridge has been chosen to establish and run a new improvement research institute, the first of its kind in Europe.

The Point of Care Foundation is one of a number of partner organisations that will support the institute, which will be led by Professor Mary Dixon-Woods.

The Health Foundation will be awarding in the region of £40 million over a period of 10 years. Dr Jennifer Dixon, chief executive of the Health Foundation, said:

“The University of Cambridge and their partners have set out a compelling vision for this ground-breaking improvement research institute – the first of its kind in Europe. This is a significant and exciting step in developing evidence on a massive scale across the NHS about what works to improve patient care.

Mary Dixon-Woods, RAND Professor of Health Services Research and Wellcome Trust Investigator at the University of Cambridge, said:

“This funding is a tremendous opportunity to produce new knowledge about how to improve care, experience and outcomes for patients. Together with our partners, the University of Cambridge is hugely excited at the chance to work with NHS staff, patients and carers to identify, design and test improvements.”

Jocelyn Cornwell, Chief Executive of The Point of Care Foundation, said:

“We are delighted to be one of the partners working with the University of Cambridge to create an improvement research initiative.  We would like to thank The Health Foundation for recognising the huge potential of improvement research to make care better for patients and staff in the NHS.”

Funding the new institute is part of the Health Foundation’s ongoing work to bring about better health and health care for people in the UK and builds on the charity’s strong history of supporting and developing improvement research. The institute will formally launch within the next year.