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.

Shine 2012


This programme ran from 2012 to 2013 and awarded 30 teams with up to £75,000 for projects to develop new approaches to delivering health care.

Shine 2011


This programme ran from 2011 to 2012 and awarded 14 teams with up to £75,000 for projects to find new approaches to delivering health care that reduce the need for acute hospital care while improving ...

Shine 2010


This programme ran from 2010 to 2011 and awarded 18 teams with up to £75,000 for projects aimed at stimulating thinking, activity and the development of new approaches to improve quality and save mone...

Shared Purpose


This programme ran from 2012 to 2015 and supported nine teams with funding of £420,000 each to develop ways for corporate support and clinical teams to work together. It is closed for applications. 

Safety Measurement and Monitoring


This £1.8 million programme began in December 2014. It involved four regional improvement bodies applying Professor Charles Vincent and colleagues' measurement and monitoring framework.

Safer Patients Initiative


This programme ran from 2004 to 2008 and 24 hospitals took part. It was the first major improvement programme to start addressing the issue of patient safety in the UK.

Safer Clinical Systems


A programme that ran in two phases from 2008 to 2013. It helped health care teams to proactively identify potential safety breaches, enabling them to build better, safer health care systems.



This programme ran from June 2009 to December 2010. The PRIMO process was co-designed and tested in a dispensary at Hereford, before being tested more widely in diverse health care settings.

Policy Challenge Fund


This programme offered £450,000 to six projects during 2016. The projects aimed to generate insight to support and inform policy makers on important issues in UK health policy. It is closed for applic...

Patient and Family-centred Care


This programme, in partnership with The King's Fund, worked with 11 organisations to bring about sustainable improvement in patients' experience.

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