Funding for improvement projects

We learn what works to make people’s lives healthier and improve the health care system by giving grants to those working at the front line

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As the second largest endowed foundation in the UK focusing on health, we spend around £30m a year improving health and health care.

Find out more about our funding opportunities for improvement projects below – or browse all our improvement projects by topic.

We also fund fellowship programmes, and carry out research and policy analysis.

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The Q community

Q connects people with improvement expertise across the UK, led by the Health Foundation and supported and co-funded by NHS I...

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Advancing Applied Analytics

This programme offers £750,000 of funding to support up to 12 project teams aiming to improve analytical capability in suppor...

Opens Jan 2019

Recent funding opportunities

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Increasing Continuity of Care in General Practice

This programme has offered five GP practices and federations up to £250,000 to fund targeted quality improvement work to incr...

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Innovating for Improvement

This programme supports up to 23 projects with up to £75,000 to test and develop innovative ideas and approaches, put them in...

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Scaling Up Improvement

This programme offers £500,000 funding to supports teams to take successful interventions or approaches and deliver them at s...

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Q Exchange

Activating ideas together through Q's new funding programme

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Exploring social franchising and licensing

This programme is funding four teams up to £145,000 each for 1 year, to explore whether social franchising and licensing tech...

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Flow Coaching Academy

The Flow Coaching Academy (FCA) programme aims to develop a learning network across the UK to improve patient flow through th...

A-Z of previous funding opportunities

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Clinical Human Factors Group

This group aims to enhance patient safety by combining human factors with an approach to change informed by improvement scien...

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Closing the Gap in Patient Safety

This programme ran from 2014 to 2017, and offered funding for projects to implement and evaluate tested, evidence-based patie...

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Closing the Gap through Changing Relationships

This programme ran in 2011/13 and offered £400,000 to seven teams working on projects that aimed to change the relationship b...

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Closing the Gap through Clinical Communities

This programme supported 11 projects from across the UK that worked to improve the quality and safety of care in a different ...

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Co-creating Health

This programme ran between 2007 and 2012 and involved eight projects that aimed to embed self-management support within mains...

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Developing Patient Safety in Primary Care

This programme worked to build expertise, experience and knowledge about patient safety in general practices and boards in NH...

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Engaging with Quality in Primary Care

This programme ran between 2007 and 2011, and offered funding for nine projects aiming to help primary care clinicians increa...

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Exploring social franchising and licensing

This programme is funding four teams up to £145,000 each for 1 year, to explore whether social franchising and licensing tech...

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Flow Cost Quality

This programme started in 2010 and looked at the emerging relationship between poorly managed patient flow through a hospital...

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Hospital Pathways

Five trusts took part in this programme during 2010/11. It aimed to achieve a breakthrough in patient and family experience, ...

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Improving the Primary Care Response to Domestic Violence

This programme ran for two years from 2010. It funded work to ensure that women experiencing domestic violence have direct ac...

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Innovation to Improve Outpatient Clinic Efficiency

This project by a team at Royal Bolton Hospital ran from 2010 to 2011. It aimed find out where in their outpatient clinic pro...

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MAGIC: Shared decision making

This programme ran in two phases, from 2010 to 2013, at sites across Newcastle and Cardiff. It involved working on ways of en...

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Patient and Family-centred Care

This programme, in partnership with The King's Fund, worked with 11 organisations to bring about sustainable improvement in p...

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Policy Challenge Fund

This programme offered £450,000 to six projects during 2016. The projects aimed to generate insight to support and inform pol...

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PRIMO

This programme ran from June 2009 to December 2010. The PRIMO process was co-designed and tested in a dispensary at Hereford,...

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Realising the Value

This programme involved working with five local sites and wider networks of interest to develop and test tools for person-cen...

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Safer Clinical Systems

A programme that ran in two phases from 2008 to 2013. It helped health care teams to proactively identify potential safety br...

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Safer Patients Initiative

This programme ran from 2004 to 2008 and 24 hospitals took part. It was the first major improvement programme to start addres...

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Safety Measurement and Monitoring

This £1.8 million programme began in December 2014. It involved four regional improvement bodies applying Professor Charles V...

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Shared Purpose

This programme ran from 2012 to 2015 and supported nine teams with funding of £420,000 each to develop ways for corporate sup...

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Shine 2010

This programme ran from 2010 to 2011 and awarded 18 teams with up to £75,000 for projects aimed at stimulating thinking, acti...

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Shine 2011

This programme ran from 2011 to 2012 and awarded 14 teams with up to £75,000 for projects to find new approaches to deliverin...

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Shine 2012

This programme ran from 2012 to 2013 and awarded 30 teams with up to £75,000 for projects to develop new approaches to delive...

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Shine 2014

This programme ran from 2014 to 2015 and awarded 23 teams with up to £75,000 for projects to develop new approaches to delive...

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Spreading Improvement

This programme offers £1.5 million funding for approximately 15 projects a year. It aims to generate evidence and learning ab...

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Spreading Self Management Support

This programme supported four health economies from 2013 to 2015 to find out how to effectively deliver self management suppo...

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Stroke 90:10

This was a two-year improvement collaborative involving 26 hospitals in the north west of England. It aimed to change frontli...

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Supporting networks to improve quality in health care

This programme supported 30 established and emerging networks in their work to improve the quality of health care in the UK. ...

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Working with strategic health authorities

This programme created partnerships with four strategic health authorities to improve patient safety between 2009 and 2012. 

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Year of Care

This programme ran between 2007 and 2012 at three pilot sites. It funded projects to improve the care of people with diabetes...

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