Our programmes test out new ideas for improving the quality of health care and fund research


Our aim is to take the best ideas and encourage uptake throughout the NHS, and publish research findings that will be useful to both policy and practice.

Evidence into Practice

Opens Oct 2019

A programme to help research teams bridge the gap from academic research findings, to actionable information for people practising in the field

Exploring social franchising and licensing


This programme is funding four teams up to £145,000 each for 1 year, to explore whether social franchising and licensing techniques can successfully scale their work. The programme is closed for appli...

Flow Coaching Academy


The Flow Coaching Academy (FCA) programme aims to empower frontline staff to improve patient flow through the health care system through spreading their quality improvement methodology across the UK.

Flow Cost Quality


This programme started in 2010 and looked at the emerging relationship between poorly managed patient flow through a hospital and the wider health care system, and the outcomes of care.

Hospital Pathways


Five trusts took part in this programme during 2010/11. It aimed to achieve a breakthrough in patient and family experience, focusing on developing patient-centred care alongside strong staff engageme...

Improving the Primary Care Response to Domestic Violence


This programme ran for two years from 2010. It funded work to ensure that women experiencing domestic violence have direct access to a specialist domestic violence advocate-educator.

Increasing Continuity of Care in General Practice


This programme has offered five GP practices and federations up to £250,000 to fund targeted quality improvement work to increase continuity in their practices, with projects starting in January 2019....

Innovating for Improvement


This programme supports up to 23 projects with up to £75,000 to test and develop innovative ideas and approaches, put them into practice and gather evidence about how innovation improves quality. It i...

Innovation to Improve Outpatient Clinic Efficiency


This project by a team at Royal Bolton Hospital ran from 2010 to 2011. It aimed find out where in their outpatient clinic processes there was waste, and work out how to eliminate it.

Insight Research Programme 2014


This programme ran between 2014 and 2018 and offered five projects funding of between £250,000 and £500,000 for original research on informatics in health improvement. It closed for applications.

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