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Innovating for Improvement

In brief

Innovating for Improvement is currently closed for applications. Applications will reopen in January 2015. Sign up for our newsletter to get further information.

We have £1.5 million available for up to 20 teams to test and develop innovative ideas and approaches to improve health care delivery in the UK.

As part of our Innovating for Improvement programme, we are looking for projects that aim to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care through the redesign of processes, practices and services.

We want to support clinical teams to develop their innovative ideas and approaches, put them into practice and gather evidence about how their innovation improves quality.

Applications can come from any health or health and social care provider organisation in the UK where health care services are delivered free at the point of delivery.

Teams need to demonstrate a clearly identified and convincing problem that they want to address, ie a significant quality issue that is relevant to UK health care. Any potential improvements should be simple to put into practice and generalisable beyond the chosen healthcare setting.

Projects must demonstrate that their idea fits with one of the four innovation descriptions outlined in the Call for applications.

Find out more

You can also find out more about examples of previous innovation projects we have funded from our Shine programme.

We are a national user-led organisation called Disability Rights UK. Through the consortium Win-Win Alliance - disabled people leading change - we report as a strategic partner to NHS E, Department of Health and PHE.

We look for partners for this call. We have a track record in innovation for training and consultancy on user-led or patient-led perspectives in health and social care, eg on making people the integrators of health and social care. We act on a wide spectrum between very personal, small scale approaches, eg integrating and extending personal (health) budgets through supporting people to pool them, and b) large population-based approaches such as joint commissioning which may include block contracts. The latter concerns the user-led part of a procurement exercise for a large population-based cohort - with set percentages for scoring at bidder evaluation and subsequent provider payment profiles.

Bernd Sass
Strategic Partnership Manager, Win-Win Alliance, Disability Rights UK

07906 521536
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