• Third round of our Closing the Gap improvement programme
  • Supporting nine award-holder teams to develop and implement ways for corporate support services and clinical teams to work together to improve quality of care.
  • Each participating team receives £420,000 of funding
  • Runs for three and a half years, from June 2012 until December 2015.

Shared Purpose aims to:

  • raise awareness of the role corporate support services can play in improving quality of care
  • create examples of best practice in corporate support services and clinical services working together to improve quality of care
  • develop the evidence base of what works in improving care through aligning corporate support and clinical services around common quality goals.

Our support is designed to help the teams turn their ideas into successful examples of best practice. It aims to build the evidence base for what works in aligning corporate support and clinical services around common quality goals.

Each participating team receives £420,000 of funding and a tailored learning and development support package addressing the following areas:

  • diagnostic and needs assessment
  • learning mechanisms to support knowledge capture
  • learning events
  • coaching support

Organisations are expected to continue their work beyond the funding stage.

Our overall aim is to develop and promote ‘exemplars’ which that demonstrate the best ways of aligning people in clinical and corporate support services around a shared purpose of improving quality.

Benefits

Shared Purpose is designed to create tangible and lasting benefits to our health care system as a whole. Benefits to the individual participating organisations include:

  • benefits to patients and the organisation, through the targeted intervention
  • the opportunity to take part in a high-profile programme and provide best-practice examples that will inspire others and generate significant national, and possibly international, attention
  • the opportunity to use this project as a catalyst, by building skills and accelerating the organisation’s understanding of, and commitment to, ways of working across corporate and clinical services to improve quality.