Global Focus: United Kingdom

Dr Foster was founded as a result of the events at one department of one hospital in the 1980s and 1990s. The story of how heart surgeons at the Bristol Royal Infirmary carried out operations on infants without the necessary skills resulting in a number of children dying is well known. Less well known is the role that Professor Sir Brian Jarman and Professor Paul Aylin played in demonstrating how the evidence of this tragedy was available to people at the time if they had only looked.

The hospital had been accurately recording each child admitted to the hospital, the treatment they received and whether or not they survived their treatment. By comparing these figures with every other hospital in the country they were able to illustrate in stark terms just how damaging the failings in care had been to patients. In 2000, shortly before the final report of the public inquiry into Bristol was published, Dr Foster was formed by bringing together academics at Imperial College with journalists and web engineers to bring greater transparency to variations in care.

 

Solutions available in United Kingdom

Explore other countries

  • Australia

    Within Australia we work with clients at Federal, State and Local Heath Service level. We work with more than 30 leading hospitals in the states of Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.

    Read more
  • North America

    In the US we work with a range of clients across the country. Our teams work with all hospital variants from academic medical centers to regional care units.

    Read more
  • Continental Europe

    Having co-founded the Global Comparators project with participants from Benelux (including Leuven and all eight Dutch university hospitals) we have recently seen dramatic growth in Finland, Denmark and especially Norway.

    Read more
  • Asia

    Given the population and volume of data in Asia, the potential for healthcare improvement through comparison and benchmarking is unparalleled in any other region. With our partners in China, the Shanghai Institute for Medical Quality, we are currently running a pilot project with the Shanghai People's Number One Hospital, working with the hospital’s senior leadership team.

    Read more