Innovating for Improvement
Our programme to support clinical teams to test and develop their innovative ideas, put them into practice and gather evidence about how innovation improves quality
- Programme to test and develop innovative ideas and approaches to improve health and social care delivery or the way people manage their own health care in the UK.*
- Each team receives up to £75,000 of funding, over 15 months, to support the implementation and measurement of the project.
We support up to 23 projects with up to £75,000 in funding to test and develop innovative approaches to improve health care delivery and/or self-management of health and social care, through redesign of processes, practices, services and models of delivery.
Innovation is about doing things differently or doing new things to make positive change. The Health Foundation recognises that innovation takes different forms. Those projects involved in Innovating for Improvement are innovative in one of the following ways:
- No previous history in any context – it is genuinely new or novel.
- Transferred into the health space from another sector such as another public service body, another industry, academic research or a non-health-related field.
- Transferred into the UK from an overseas health care system.
- Transferred or adapted from one health care setting to another: for example, adult care to paediatrics, or social care to health care.
The latest round of the Innovating for Improvement programme involves project teams that have demonstrated a clear and convincing problem they want to address – a significant quality issue relevant to UK health care.
They have demonstrated how their projects will lead to direct benefits or impact on patients within the programme timescale of 15 months, including a set-up phase of up to three months beginning in January 2019.
*excluding the Channel Islands.
This project aimed to improve the review process after the death of a baby in hospital, to help parents deal with their grief more effectively and drive improvements in patient safety.
This project aimed to reduce inappropriate prescribing, thereby preventing medication errors and reducing health care utilisation for older people living with frailty.
This project aimed to increase support and treatment for adults who stammer, and equip them with long-term strategies to effectively manage their stammer.
This project aimed to transform the delivery of care for patients with IBD, improve patient experience, and increase the efficiency and capacity of the clinical service.
Optimising the treatment of MRSA through the use of computer models to personalise vancomycin dosing
This project aims to improve the way in which antibiotics are used in intensive care patients with MRSA blood stream infections.
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