What we do
Dr Foster is the leading innovator in benchmarking public services and communicating information about services to the public. Dr Foster works with most health service organisations and a growing number of local authorities.
Dr Foster produces authoritative and independent guides to health services in the public and private sectors. Dr Foster's aim is not only to inform, but also to act as a catalyst for change.
For the past eleven years, Dr Foster has published analyses of hospital performance through the hospital guide.
Why we do it
More than one million people use some kind of health service every day, but most do not realise that they have a right to be consulted and exercise some degree of choice in the selection of their health service provider.
Dr Foster's mission is to empower providers and consumers of health and social care to make the best possible choices through independent information.
Dr Foster performs high quality research, which is trusted by the professional community, the public and the media. We pride ourselves on our innovative presentation to make our findings accessible to many different types of audience.
Dr Foster works with many NHS organisations to help them analyse the quality of patient care in order to make improvements.
Who we are
Dr Foster aims to improve the quality and efficiency of health and social care and other public services through better use of information.
The Dr Foster Unit at Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine has developed pioneering methodologies that enable fast, accurate identification of potential problems in clinical performance - and areas of high achievement.
Dr Foster works to a code of conduct that prohibits political bias and requires it to act in the public interest. The code is monitored by the Ethics Committee, an independent body chaired by Dr Jack Tinker, emeritus dean of the Royal Society of Medicine.
Dr Foster was founded on the belief that only through better information and better measurement could hospital performance be improved and variations in performance reduced.