Implementation Science


In A Nutshell:

The Improvement Academy is the implementation arm of the NIHR-funded Applied Research Collaboration for Yorkshire and Humber. We provide researchers and health services with evidence-based and practical implementation expertise.

Here at the Improvement Academy we are very aware that knowing how to implement well is vital for realising the benefits of evidenced based practices. We therefore aim to make the best implementation science theories, models and frameworks approachable, accessible and meaningful to our partners working in healthcare. We offer:

  • implementation training
  • coaching and action learning sets to help researchers and clinical staff optimise interventions for implementation success
  • specialised support for research teams and clinical staff when preparing for, roll out and evaluate implementation
  • diagnosing contexts for implementation barriers and facilitators and then work with teams on the ground to maximise implementation and sustainability over time
  • support writing implementation research into research grants


Within the NHS we have been particularly interested in working with healthcare professionals, researchers and policy makers to generate action orientated knowledge to complement the current academic implementation knowledge present in the literature.


Essential Implementation Podcast

Kristian Hudson, our implementation specialist has published a podcast where he talks to implementation specialists and researchers around the world. Want to implement something across your organisation? Wondering why something is not having the impact you had hoped? Maybe you are developing something new and want to make sure it has the best chance of success possible? Whatever your interest in implementation be sure to check out the Essential Implementation Podcast! The home of the latest expert advice and experience in regards to implementation. We have been speaking to implementation scientists, researchers, clinicians, healthcare staff, project managers, implementation practitioners and many more about their experiences and views in regards to implementation. Ultimately, how can we make sure things get implemented well and therefore impact society as intended? Tune in to find out!

Introduction to Implementation Science

"I gained valuable experience from the team at the Improvement Academy, the secondment allowed me to gain a better understanding of Service Improvement work"

Samantha Sterling, Wheelchair Service Manager