Key points

  • Analysis of the key concepts in spreading ideas. 
  • Evidence on what is known about what works to spread improvement.
  • Practical suggestions for planning communications, engaging the right people, sustaining interest in the work and celebrating and sharing achievements.

Spreading successful improvement work across the NHS is an essential part of improving health care quality and efficiency. Yet all too often an idea that has been shown to work well in one place is not adopted by others who could benefit from it.

The Health Foundation has been running improvement programmes for many years. This guide, intended for those actively engaged in health care improvement, draws on this experience, and empirical evidence, to provide practical information about how communications approaches can be used to spread improvement ideas. 

     

    Further reading

    Research report

    The spread challenge

    September 2018
    Research report

    This report shines a light on the challenges facing the NHS in improving the uptake of new ideas and...

    Research report

    Against the odds: Successfully scaling innovation in the NHS

    January 2018
    Research report

    This report from the Innovation Unit and the Health Foundation calls for new approaches to scaling...

    You might also like...

    Blog

    Adopting Innovation: investing in skills at the NHS front line

    Blog

    Adopting innovation is a hot topic for health care providers this year. How can we seize the...

    Newsletter blog

    Top-down clarity, bottom-up agency: fading freedoms or here to stay?

    Newsletter blog

    Penny Pereira and Ruth Thorlby look at what factors have enabled new levels of ingenuity in...

    News

    Ten innovative projects selected to be part of programme to improve analytical capability in health and care services

    News

    This programme aims to improve analytical capability in support of health and care services.

    Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101 copy

    Get social

    RT @designcouncil: The #pandemic has highlighted why taking a systemic approach to improving the #health & #wellbeing of our communities is…

    Follow us on Twitter
    Kjell-bubble-diagramArtboard 101

    Work with us

    We look for talented and passionate individuals as everyone at the Health Foundation has an important role to play.

    View current vacancies
    Artboard 101 copy 2

    The Q community

    Q is an initiative connecting people with improvement expertise across the UK.

    Find out more