The NHS has traditionally taken a restrained approach to putting innovation into practice; often preferring to continue with methods and ways of working that have been in place for many years.
With the current financial pressure on the health service, healthcare organisations have to find new ways of doing things, using methods that improve quality and also save money.
However, innovative approaches can be difficult to gain support for, implement and sustain. Evidence of improvement is required, along with the backing of leaders and frontline staff.
Our annual Shine programme aims to stimulate thinking, activity and the development of innovative approaches that will improve healthcare quality. It gives teams the space and encouragement to try out, develop and evaluate new ideas.