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Shine 2014 Shine 2014 supported teams with new approaches to delivering health care that aimed to support people to take a more active role in their own health and care, improve the safety of patient care, or improve quality while reducing costs


In Shine 2014, we supported teams with new approaches to delivering health care that aimed to achieve one of the following:

  • Support people to take a more active role in their own health and care.
  • Improve the safety of patient care.
  • Improve quality while reducing costs.

Over the course of 15 months, the project teams developed and tested their innovations, putting them into practice, and gathering evidence about their impact and effectiveness.


The project teams and their partner organisations were from across the UK and included NHS foundation trusts, clinical commissioning groups, royal colleges, charities, universities and social enterprises.

All teams had strong clinical leadership and included people working in the operational environment where the innovation was tested.

The project teams measured the costs and benefits of their intervention.

The teams demonstrated the practicality of their idea, how it improved quality of care for a substantial number of service users, and therefore what impact it would have when scaled up across the UK.


Impact and success were measured through efficiencies, as well as at least one of the other Institute of Medicine’s six dimensions of quality: effectiveness, equity, person-centredness, safety and timeliness.

Each project set measures for each domain of quality that it was tackling, and collected and analysed data throughout the project implementation, supplied on a monthly basis to feed into a project monitoring dashboard.

At the end of the 15-month period, the teams provided:

  • robust evidence of where improvements have been made, in terms of increased quality of care, cost savings or reduced use of secondary care services
  • robust calculations of the costs and benefits associated with the intervention.

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 2014 supported 23 project teams with up to £75,000 each.
  • Projects ran for 15 months, finishing in August 2015.

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