About the Surgical Outcomes Research Centre

UCL-UCLH Surgical Outcomes Research Centre (SOuRCe) is an NIHR funded clinical research unit which operates from the UCL Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre and the UCL Department of Applied Health Research.

Its aim is to use measurement to improve the quality of perioperative healthcare. Its staff are predominantly NHS clinicians, with academic input from DAHR, and a partnership with the National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia's Health Services Research Centre (NIAA-HSRC) based at the Royal College of Anaesthetists. The current Director of SOuRCe is also the Deputy Director of the HSRC.

Our work predominantly focuses on the following areas:

  • Risk stratification - understanding and improving methods to predict adverse outcomes (complications and mortality) after major non-cardiac surgery
  • Innovation in measurement - development and validation of measures for assessing outcome from major surgery: encompassing complications and patient-reported outcome
  • Improvement Science - using measurement to improve quality of care; dissemination of learning for quality improvement