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.

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.

Year of Care


This programme ran between 2007 and 2012 at three pilot sites. It funded projects to improve the care of people with diabetes and provide a framework for personalised care in long-term conditions.

Working with strategic health authorities


This programme created partnerships with four strategic health authorities to improve patient safety between 2009 and 2012. 

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.

Evidence into Practice

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

Engaging with Quality in Primary Care


This programme ran between 2007 and 2011, and offered funding for nine projects aiming to help primary care clinicians increase their capacity, capability and responsibility for clinical quality impro...

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