The Health Foundation has selected 21 projects to be part of the second round of its £1.5m innovation programme, Innovating for Improvement.
Innovating for Improvement aims to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care by testing and developing innovative ideas and approaches and putting them into practice.
The selected projects will be led by clinical teams and will develop their innovative ideas and approaches, put them into practice and gather evidence about how their innovation improves quality.
The programme will run for 15 months, including a recommended set up phase starting in October 2015. Each team will receive up to £75,000 of funding to support the implementation and measurement of their project.
The innovative ideas will be tested in health care settings around the around the UK including primary and community care, secondary care, and mental health services.
The selection of these projects is currently subject to contracts being finalised with the lead organisation of each project.
The 21 projects are:
Lead organisation: Peninsula Community Health
Focusing on older people living in the community, this project will use innovative continuous pressure monitoring technology to identify pressure hot spots much earlier and so prevent actual damage occurring. Through this, it will be possible to determine whether pressure ulcer risk can be self-managed by the patient.
Lead organisation: Barts Health NHS Trust
Invasive fungal infection (IFI) is challenging to diagnose, and antifungal drugs are costly and have significant side-effects. This project will improve the management of IFI and decrease costs through the use of a unique care bundle approach supported by real-time diagnostics and an online audit tool.
Lead organisation: NHS Borders
‘SAFER’ is a risk assessment tool that is used to assess antenatal risks and develop comprehensive clinical management plans. This project will involve testing this methodology and engaging pregnant women in its development and implementation, with the aim of creating a community-based model that will improve maternal outcomes.
Lead organisation: Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing has a strong evidence base as a trauma-focused psychological treatment. This project will use this therapy in a new setting – those on acute mental health wards or with the crisis team – to alleviate trauma symptoms in patients with a high level of clinical risk.
Lead organisation: University Hospital Southampton
This project aims to improve the experience and care of cancer patients by combining assessment by palliative care and clinical oncology specialists with the planning and delivery of radiotherapy, in a single hospital visit – through the development of a Rapid Access Multidisciplinary Palliative Assessment and Radiotherapy Treatment Clinic.
Lead organisation: Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Telepsychiatry uses video-conferencing to deliver mental health services from a distance. This project aims to improve patient satisfaction and reduce costs by trialling telepsychiatry in three ways: to provide senior medical opinion on complex cases; to complete assessments at distance; and to provide follow-up home appointments using patients’ own technology.
Lead organisation: South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust (SEHSCT)
This project will develop multidisciplinary outreach clinics to improve care for infants with cow’s milk allergy (CMA). The allergy team (doctor, nurse and dietitian) will support those referred from primary care by providing group sessions on CMA, with dietary advice for babies and breast-feeding mothers, and individual allergy assessments.
Lead organisation: Royal Derby Hospital
By embedding a clinical epidemiological/health economics team within a busy acute hospital, this project will use routinely collected electronic prescribing data to identify and prioritise potential bottlenecks in secondary care at weekends. Interventions can then be introduced to remove bottlenecks for discharge and help improve patient flow.
Lead organisation: Buxted Medical Centre
Aimed at addressing fragmentation and gaps in the care pathway for people with dementia, the ‘Golden Ticket’ is an innovative composite model of intervention delivered in primary care and the community. It endeavours to improve quality of life for the whole dementia journey, supporting the patient and carer.
Lead organisation: Hft
This project will use ‘Lincus’, a picture and simple word-based application for recording health and wellbeing information, and the Health Equalities Framework to enable people with learning disabilities to take control of their health care, improve communication between themselves, practitioners and support staff to improve care quality and reduce health inequalities.
Lead organisation: St Luke's Hospice
To improve care for people with advanced chronic liver disease, this project will implement a shared care pathway between the acute hospital and hospice setting. It aims to ensure early and timely access to support services and interventions, and increase access to hospice-based clinical and therapeutic services.
Lead organisation: Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
This project will assess the accessibility, safety, use and effect of Bluelce – a self-management app – with young people who regularly self-harm. The app, co-produced by young people who have self-harmed and designed as an adjunct to therapy, includes a mood monitoring diary, mood-lifting activities, relaxation activities, and distress tolerance techniques.
Lead organisation: University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
To reduce post-operative complications and improve quality of life for high-risk surgical patients, this project involves the development and implementation of a Peri-Operative Medicine team service. The intervention will identify high-risk patients early, improve communication within the multi-disciplinary team, and prioritise patients through dedicated follow-up throughout their hospital stay.
Lead organisation: Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust
This project, aimed at improving the detection and treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), involves community pharmacists undertaking enhanced medicines use reviews for patients with risk factors for developing AF. These consultations will include using an AliveCor monitor, an innovative ECG device which measures patients’ heart rate and rhythm.
Lead organisation: Great Ormond Street Hospital
Adolescents with cancer are at increased risk of depression, which often goes undiagnosed. This project will develop a novel guided online self-help treatment package for these patients, with the aim of transforming access to, and delivery of, mental health care whilst improving depression and quality of life.
Lead organisation: University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
This novel approach to patient involvement involves the co-design and delivery of a patient-administered checklist (PAC) which invites patients to assess their care, highlight any issues and engage with clinicians to resolve concerns. It will engage and empower patients as partners in the delivery of better, safer care.
Lead organisation: The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
This project involves the piloting of an innovative remote monitoring service for cancer patients who are measuring their white blood cells, haemoglobin, body temperature and self-reported symptoms in their own home, with the aim of improving patients’ quality of life during chemotherapy and reducing the number of hospital visits.
Lead organisation: Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
The Ophelia (Optimising Health Literacy and Access) approach uses a health literacy questionnaire to identify strengths and weaknesses across populations in parts of the health care system that are not meeting needs, and uses this to enable clinicians and community members to co-produce and co-deliver innovative, locally-relevant service redesign and improvements.
Lead organisation: NHS Lanarkshire
‘Always events’ (AEs) are actions and behaviours that create a satisfactory patient experience. This project involves introducing acute and primary care teams to the AE and person-centredness concepts, facilitating AE testing with priority patient groups, and assessing whether the AE approach can drive measureable improvements in patient experience.
Lead organisation: University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
With the aim of managing patients with adrenal incidentalomas (AIs) more effectively, this project will involve three components: producing guidelines for managing AIs, using the best available evidence; using an electronic AI management system that links clinical, biochemical and radiological data; and ensuring patient involvement in the new model of care.
Lead organisation: St George’s University Hospitals NHS Trust
By allowing pregnant women to monitor their health at home, this project is aiming to reduce the number of hospital visits that women with high blood pressure during pregnancy need. An innovative app will be developed that allows self-monitoring and provides alerts when hospital assessment is needed.
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