Innovating for Improvement: Supporting the workforce

Please note: Due to the high volume of applications received, the initial review process has been extended. As such we will be notifying applicants towards the end of August regarding the status of their application. This delay will not affect the final outcome date and all other timeframes will remain as in the call for applications.

We have a three stage approach to reviewing applications and we will be notifying applicants at the end of each stage.

  • Longlisting – Applicants will find out if they have made the longlist in late August. Successful applications at this stage will then be sent to our college of assessors for external peer review. 
  • Shortlist – Applicants will be notified if they have or haven’t been successful at the shortlist in late September, those successful at this stage will be invited to interview. 
  • Interviews – These will be held in late October/November and applicants will be notified of the outcome within a few weeks of their interview.

Our Innovating for Improvement programme supports clinical teams to test and develop their innovative ideas and approaches, put them into practice and gather evidence about how their innovation improves quality.

  • Programme to test and develop innovative ideas and approaches to improve health and social care delivery or the way people manage their own health care in the UK.*
  • Each team will receive up to £75,000 of funding, over 15 months, to support the implementation and measurement of the project.
  • This programme is now closed for applications. 

We will support up to 23 projects with up to £75,000 in funding to test and develop innovative approaches to improve health care delivery and/or self-management of health and social care, through redesign of processes, practices, services and models of delivery.

The Innovating for Improvement programme is open to applicants from across the UK. Teams need to demonstrate a clearly identified and convincing problem that they want to address, ie a significant quality issue that is relevant to UK health care.

Teams should demonstrate how their projects will lead to direct benefits or impact on patients within the programme timescale of 15 months, including a set-up phase of up to 3 months beginning in January 2019.

Innovation is about doing things differently or doing new things to make positive change. The Health Foundation recognises that innovation takes different forms. Your proposed project must be innovative in one of the following ways:

  • Descriptor 1: No previous history in any context – it is genuinely new or novel.
  • Descriptor 2: Transferred into the health space from another sector such as another public service body, another industry, academic research or a non-health-related field.
  • Descriptor 3: Transferred into the UK from an overseas health care system.
  • Descriptor 4: Transferred or adapted from one health care setting to another: for example, adult care to paediatrics, or social care to health care.

*excluding the Channel Islands.