Patient Safety Translational Research Centres (PSTRCs)

NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centres work to pull advances in basic research with potential relevance to patient safety into an applied research setting.

The two NIHR PSTRCs (Imperial and Greater Manchester) bring together a range of research disciplines from the NHS and universities. They undertake research to drive forward improvements in patient safety and safety of NHS services in hospitals and GP surgeries. This research has the potential to translate into real benefits for patients, such as reducing prescription errors, improving diagnosis of cancer and rare diseases and reducing accidents during surgery.

NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centres

Name

Name including host organisation and
academic partner

Research Themes

Funding for five years
from August 2012

NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre

NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centre at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College London

  • Effective use of information.

  • Design and technology.

  • Patients, carers and families.

  • Teamwork, skills and safety.

  • Safe systems.

  • Economics, evaluation and policy.

£7,207,687

NIHR Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre

NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centre at NHS Greater Manchester on behalf of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and University of Manchester  

  • Medication safety

  • Safety improvement in general practice

  • Interface and information

  • Multimorbidity and patient safety

£6,291,208

Further Information

Next round of NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centres (NIHR PSTRCs)

The Secretary of State for Health announced on 18 May that a new, open competition to designate and fund the next round of NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centres (NIHR PSTRCs) would be launched in early July 2016.

The competition has now been launched to provide NIHR research infrastructure funding for leading NHS/University partnerships in England to pull advances from basic research which could be of relevance to patient safety, into early translational, clinical, applied and health services research which is of relevance to patient safety.

Funding of around £14m will be invested over a five-year period from August 2017, depending on receipt of suitable quality applications.

Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science 

In any next competition for NIHR Patient Safety Translational Research Centres we do not expect to shortlist any NHS/University partnership where the academic partner, for example the Medical School/Faculty of Medicine, has not achieved at least the Silver Award of the Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science.

Further information:

NIHR briefing document