About Us


  About Us

Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre (SISCC)

SISCC is funded to research improvement in health and social care, co-design new knowledge and support the translation of evidence into practice. 

Hosted by the University of Dundee, SISCC is a Scotland-wide collaboration of academics, health and social care organisations and third sector groups.  Our partner organisations can be viewed here

How we are funded

We are jointly funded by the Chief Scientist Office, The Health Foundation, NHS Education for Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council; with substantial investments from partner organisations. 

Our Strategic Steering Group is chaired by Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director at Scottish Government.  

The 2018/19 Annual Report can be read here

Meet the Director

I was appointed SISCC Director in April 2017.  Although my background is within dental practice, my work as Director of Effective Dental Practice Programme and Co-Director of the Dental Health Services Research Unit at the University of Dundee, compliments my SISCC role. 

As one of the founding members of the Cochrane Oral Health Group, I have a long history in developing and implementing evidence-based care and it’s this lens that I bring to the SISCC Collaborative, to support the delivery of its aim to enhance the evidence-base for large-scale sustainable change. 

As Director of the Scottish Clinical Effectiveness Programme and the Scottish Dental Practice Based Research Network; I have close links to dental practices and understand many of the challenges faced by public and third sector services to implement and sustain change to improve outcomes. 

Our approach at SISCC is unique - working with researchers and improvement practitioners to influence and co-produce our research and work programme activities.  Our outputs are designed to support practitioners across health, social care and the third sector to understand how we can enhance the delivery of high-quality health and social care services.  Building on the reputation and QI experience across Scotland to accelerate learning and enhance the evidence-base to support improvement activities. 

The SISCC Team

The SISCC Team reflects the multi-disciplinary nature of the research undertaken, incorporating improvement research, health services research, knowledge mobilisation, methodological development and implementation science – Our Team