Insight Research Programme 2019

A programme to advance the development and use of data from national clinical audits and patient registries as a mechanism for improving health care quality

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This programme is closed for applications.

  • Researcher-led open call for outline proposals supporting original research to improve health care quality in the UK.
  • £1.6m is available for up to five teams to conduct original research that advances the development and use of data from national clinical audits and patient registries.
  • Each project team will receive up to £400,000 for projects with a maximum duration of four years.

The Health Foundation’s £1.6m Insight Research Programme 2019 invited researchers to submit ideas for research that advances the development and use of data from national clinical audits and patient registries as a mechanism for improving health care quality in the UK.

The rich information held in national clinical audits and registries can be used to inform improvements in health care quality. However, there is widespread recognition that national clinical audits and registries could be further developed. They are essential to understanding the quality of care provided, particularly regarding clinical effectiveness, but also other domains of quality.

We want to support four to five projects with funding between £300,000 and £400,000 for a maximum duration of four years. We were looking for innovative and ambitious research with the potential to transform the use of audit and registry data to improve quality of care.

The priority areas for this call were:

  • patient focused audits and registries
  • accelerating the use of linked data to support future challenges and trends in quality and care or to improve the value of health care
  • demonstrating and enhancing the impact of national clinical audits and registries on practice and policy.

This research call builds upon our existing research in this area. Our Insight Research Programme 2017 is supporting five research projects relating to audits and registries. View these projects

The application process

This programme closed for applications on Thursday 16 May 2019. 

Applicants will be informed as to whether they have been invited to submit a full proposal during week commencing Monday 24 June 2019. The deadline for full proposals is 12.00 Monday 22 July 2019.

Shortlisted candidates from stage 2 will be interviewed in October 2019. Interviewed applicants will be advised of the outcome in November 2019.

Please note: If you have any queries about the programme or application process which have not been answered in our Frequently asked questions, please email: insightresearch@health.org.uk

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