• New programme to spread successful improvement ideas.
  • Provides £1.5 million to support approximately 15 projects a year.
  • Facilitates greater spread of Health Foundation projects across health care and maximise the impact of our funding by supporting efforts to adopt, adapt and develop proven ideas, improvement approaches and solutions.
  • Aims to generate evidence and learning about how to effectively disseminate and spread best practice.

The Spreading Improvement programme has the following two funding streams:

  1. Supporting dissemination - to support teams to effectively disseminate their work and to maximise the uptake and impact of successful ideas, approaches and solutions across the wider health system at a local, regional or national level.
  2. Regional and national impact - to support and work with influential organisations (eg improvement organisations, improvement or clinical networks, national charities and professional colleges) to create a receptive context and infrastructure leading to wider diffusion, active spread and impact of improvements from existing Health Foundation initiatives nationally.

The programme will support projects that we have previously funded which have already demonstrated local benefit and that could be transferable to other contexts at a local, regional or national level.

Each year we will invite applications from teams we have funded that have the potential to widen the impact of their projects. We will select up to 10 successful projects that we think can be further disseminated. In addition, we will select approximately five proposals from influential organisations who we think will be able to generate demand for, and further spread of, existing ideas, improvement approaches and solutions.

The dissemination projects will be awarded up to £30,000 each and will run for a maximum of 18 months. The regional and national impact proposals will be awarded between £50,000 and £400,000 for a maximum period of three years.

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