Ten great opportunities and funding in 2019

30 January 2019

We look ahead to some of the key opportunities to get involved in our grant programmes, research projects and fellowships over the coming year. 

1. Advancing Applied Analytics programme

The programme supports UK teams working on projects that will improve analytical capability in support of health and care services and provide lessons for the wider care system. We are interested in projects that address the capability deficiencies identified in our report Understanding analytical capability in health care. A total of £750,000 funding is available. It is now open for application and the deadline is 26 February 2019. Find out more

2. Flow Coaching Academy

The Flow Coaching Academy (FCA) programme continues to spread their quality improvement intervention that aims to improve patient flow across the UK in 2019. Four new local academies will be established in Northern Ireland, Birmingham, Devon and Yorkshire to grow the network to seven local FCAs. Three more local trusts will be recruited in 2019 to become local FCAs. Find out more

3. Insight research programme 2019

Following the success of the 2017 round of this research programme, Insight 2019 will continue to generate insight and learning to help providers and commissioners of health care services to embed and make better use of routinely collected data to improve the quality of care across the health system. A total of £1.6 million is available to support research that advances the collection and use of data within national clinical audits (NCAs) and patient registries as a mechanism for improving health care quality in the UK. Up to £400,000 will be available for each of up to five projects to be completed over three years. The programme will open in spring 2019. More about Insight

4. Evidence into Practice programme

This programme supports teams to develop tools and resources to help them put into practice findings from completed research projects. It’s designed to turn academic research findings into actionable information for people practising in the field. So far, eight projects have received up to £50,000 to develop new tools and resources. It will open for the second round in the autumn, when we will be looking to support fresh ideas that have the potential to improve service delivery, including in non-acute settings. Find out more

5. The Social and Economic Value of Health: place based community health

This research open call on the social and economic value of health in a place will see up to £1.5 million awarded in late 2019. The programme aims to develop new approaches and evidence to help us understand the contribution that the health of a population in a place makes to the social and economic outcomes in that place. 

6. Q

Q is an initiative bringing together people working to improve health and care across the UK. Its mission is to cultivate continuous and sustainable improvement, by supporting people to connect, share ideas, develop expertise and collaborate. Q is made up of a diverse and growing community of over 2,800 people based throughout the UK. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and are welcomed from all disciplines and a variety of roles. Find out how to apply

7. Q Exchange

Members of Q will be again able to apply for funding through Q Exchange following its 2018 pilot. This new approach saw members of the Q community inputting and helping to select which ideas would receive funding of up to £30,000. Following a review of the pilot we are planning to further develop the Q Exchange process, where projects will receive Q Exchange funding from the Health Foundation and NHS Improvement. Find out more

New programmes and opportunities

8. New programme to support improvement through patient and clinical communities

We will be developing our plans for this new programme during 2019, exploring how the Health Foundation can support patients and clinicians to collaborate to improve health care delivery in the UK.  We will be working with a range of partners over the year, and are interested to hear from organisations that have first-hand experience of working with patients to improve services. Email the team.

9. New programme to support improvement

We will be developing our plans for a new programme that will support improvement in health care during 2019. We will tell you more about our plans at the end of 2019. Keep an eye on our website or newsletter for further information. 

10. New programme to support local partnerships to take action on the social determinants of health

This year we plan to develop and deliver a grant making programme in partnership with the Local Government Association, to mobilise action within local government on the social determinants of health. The proposed funding programme will see £1.5m awarded to local authorities in England to work in cross-sector partnership on projects that will take action on the social determinants and facilitate system change at a local level. 

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