Programmes 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.

Star: A tool for commissioners


Star – socio-technical allocation of resources – is a tool for commissioners.

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.

Taking action on the social determinants of health


A grant programme for UK Public Health Network organisations to work with partners from outside of public health to take action on the social determinants.

Q Exchange


Activating ideas together through Q's new funding programme

Translating improvement skills from training to implementation


This programme funded original research into identifying the barriers and facilitators for translating acquired improvement skills into frontline practice. It is closed for applications.

The Social and Economic Value of Health


Our programme exploring the impact of health on the social and economic outcomes of individuals and populations through funding original research.

Supporting networks to improve quality in health care


This programme supported 30 established and emerging networks in their work to improve the quality of health care in the UK. It ran between 2011 and 2012. 

Stroke 90:10


This was a two-year improvement collaborative involving 26 hospitals in the north west of England. It aimed to change frontline practice and improve the rates of stroke sufferers leaving hospital with...

Spreading Self Management Support


This programme supported four health economies from 2013 to 2015 to find out how to effectively deliver self management support and to share their learning with others.

Shine 2014


This programme ran from 2014 to 2015 and awarded 23 teams with up to £75,000 for projects to develop new approaches to delivering health care.  

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Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

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