The NIHR Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre (PSTRC) is a centre of excellence within the Institute of Global Health Innovation, and part of the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR).  It is a partnership between Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Imperial College London, with researchers from a specialised set of research groups working together to improve patient safety and the quality of healthcare services.


Our aims are to advance the scientific understanding of patient safety, address safety challenges as healthcare evolves, and further international research collaborations. We work with local, national and international partners to support the wider dissemination and implementation of patient safety improvements and interventions.


Our strategy is to develop patient safety in the NHS and internationally through engagement with patients and the public, clinical partners, healthcare organisations, industry and government. We use our funding to deliver sustainable long-term, high impact programmes of translational research in patient safety. We do this by carrying out research in our unique areas of academic strength in:

  • safety information
  • design and technology
  • patient engagement
  • teamwork
  • safer systems
  • economics and policy

Explore these six research themes in Our work

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