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

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Q connects people with improvement expertise across the UK and Ireland, led by the Health Foundation...

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Adopting Innovation

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A programme supporting health care providers to create the conditions that will enable faster and...

Recent funding opportunities

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Common Ambition

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A programme for partnerships developing collaborative communities where people, families, health...

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Increasing Continuity of Care in General Practice

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

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Q Exchange

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Activating ideas together through Q's new funding programme

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Exploring Social Franchising

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A programme to explore the use of social franchising techniques to help spread and scale health and...

A-Z of previous funding opportunities

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Clinical Human Factors Group

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

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Closing the Gap in Patient Safety

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This programme ran from 2014 to 2017, and offered funding for projects to implement and evaluate...

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Closing the Gap through Changing Relationships

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

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Closing the Gap through Clinical Communities

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This programme supported 11 projects from across the UK that worked to improve the quality and...

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Co-creating Health

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This programme ran between 2007 and 2012 and involved eight projects that aimed to embed...

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Developing Patient Safety in Primary Care

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

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Engaging with Quality in Primary Care

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

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Exploring Social Franchising

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A programme to explore the use of social franchising techniques to help spread and scale health and...

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Flow Cost Quality

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This programme started in 2010 and looked at the emerging relationship between poorly managed...

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Hospital Pathways

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Five trusts took part in this programme during 2010/11. It aimed to achieve a breakthrough in...

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Improving the Primary Care Response to Domestic Violence

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This programme ran for two years from 2010. It funded work to ensure that women experiencing...

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Increasing Continuity of Care in General Practice

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

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Innovating for Improvement

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

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Innovation to Improve Outpatient Clinic Efficiency

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

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MAGIC: Shared decision making

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This programme ran in two phases, from 2010 to 2013, at sites across Newcastle and Cardiff. It...

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Patient and Family-centred Care

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

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Policy Challenge Fund

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

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PRIMO

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

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Realising the Value

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This programme involved working with five local sites and wider networks of interest to develop and...

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Safer Clinical Systems

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

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Safer Patients Initiative

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

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Safety Measurement and Monitoring

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

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Shared Purpose

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

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Shine 2010

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

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Shine 2011

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

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Shine 2012

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

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Shine 2014

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

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Spreading Improvement

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

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Spreading Self Management Support

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This programme supported four health economies from 2013 to 2015 to find out how to effectively...

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Stroke 90:10

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This was a two-year improvement collaborative involving 26 hospitals in the north west of England....

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Supporting networks to improve quality in health care

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

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Working with strategic health authorities

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This programme created partnerships with four strategic health authorities to improve patient safety...

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Year of Care

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This programme ran between 2007 and 2012 at three pilot sites. It funded projects to improve the...

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Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

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