Implementation Resources

Implementation science (and the type of research it encompasses) may vary according to the setting and sponsor. However, the intent of implementation science and related research is to investigate and address major bottlenecks (e.g. social, behavioural, economic, management) that impede effective implementation, test new approaches to improve health programming, as well as determine a causal relationship between the intervention and its impact.

We’ve included some useful resources here:

The Collaborating for Better Care Partnership identified a need for quality improvement leads in organisations to develop skills and knowledge in implementation science. The ‘Scoping an Educational Package for Implementation Science’ full report presents recommendations relating to the content of a local educational package for implementation science targeted at quality leads (clinical leads or lead managers in Trusts and CCGs with a responsibility for either quality improvement, clinical effectiveness or clinical governance), based on an analysis of existing courses, and interviews with experts.  Also within the report is a ‘directory’ and relevant courses and resources currently accessible to any practitioners in the North East North Cumbria (NENC) area, including online. A shortened version of the report is also available.  is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that aims to publish research relevant to the scientific study of methods to promote the uptake of research findings into routine healthcare in clinical, organisational or policy contexts.

Normalization Process Theory toolkit website: includes the NPT toolkit to help you think through your implementation/evaluation problems and a quick introductory guide to the toolkit that you can download; an outline of NPT’s basic concepts, and an introductory powerpoint that you can download; and, an introduction to ways to use NPT in research, along with links to key journal articles and book chapters, and – as we collect them – examples of studies and evaluations that you can download.

Visit our Masterclass resources:

Additional Useful Implementation resources:

  • – a site for Health Evidence. Developed in collaboration with public health professionals in Canada, this site provides a suite of downloadable ‘Practice Tools’ for practitioners which can be adapted to different scenarios/ organisations
  •  – based at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, the McMaster Health Forum strives to be a leading hub for improving health outcomes through collective problem solving, operating at regional and national level. You can register to receive email alerts.
  • -an independent charitable organisation that works to improve health care in the UK by providing research and health policy analysis, publications and other information. You can register to receive email alerts.
  •– an independent charity working to improve the quality of health care in the UK. It supports people working in health care practice and policy to make lasting improvements to health services and carries out research and in-depth policy analysis, runs improvement programmes to puts ideas into practice in the NHS, to support and develop leaders and share evidence to encourage wider change.
  • – National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC) is the umbrella charity for all those involved in palliative, end of life and hospice care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We believe that everyone approaching the end of life has the right to the highest quality care and support, wherever they live, and whatever their condition. We work with government, health and social care staff and people with personal experience to improve end of life care for all. A subscription based charity, they provide a range of free publications.
  •  – This group represents clinical providers of palliative and end of life care across Coventry and Warwickshire. The CASTLE website was originally created as a work stream from the Coventry and Warwickshire End of Life Care Provider Forum, which was disbanded in September 2013. (The CASTLE website is now owned collectively by the CASTLE CIG (Clinical Implementation Group) of Coventry and Warwickshire).