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Shine 2011 The 2011 Shine challenge was to find new approaches to delivering health care that reduce the need for acute hospital care, while improving quality and saving money


Key Points

  • Part of our Shine programme to provide teams with the resources to develop and evaluate innovative ideas to improve quality of care.
  • Shine 2011 funded 14 innovative, forward-thinking projects with up to £75,000 each.
  • Projects completed in May 2012.


There are many situations where care does not need to be provided in a hospital or inpatient setting; when the experience for service users and carers could be improved by providing care closer to home, or at home, and at lower cost. The Shine challenge in 2011 was to find new approaches to delivering health care that reduce the need for acute hospital care while improving quality and saving money.

Implementing such new ways of working requires innovative thinking, testing on a small scale and evidence of impact and effectiveness.


Through the Shine programme we invested up to £75,000 in 14 innovative, forward-thinking projects. Over 12 months, the teams developed and tested their approach, putting it into practice and gathering evidence about its impact and effectiveness.

The Shine 2011 teams completed their work in May 2012. 

Further reading

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