Funding available for innovations to improve health care

Funding calls from the health foundation

Innovating for Improvement

Applications open July 2015

£1.5m is available for up to 20 teams to test and develop innovative ideas and approaches to improving health care delivery in the UK.

As part of our Innovating for Improvement programme we look for projects that aim to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care through the redesign of processes, practices and services. We want to support clinical teams to develop their innovative ideas and approaches, put them into practice and gather evidence about how their innovation improves quality. Applications can come from any health or health and social care provider organisation in the UK where health care services are delivered free at the point of delivery.

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. Any potential improvements should be simple to put into practice and generalisable beyond the chosen health care setting. Projects must be able to provide robust evidence to demonstrate that their idea is genuinely innovative and fits with one of the following four descriptions of innovation:

  • Level 1: Innovations with no previous history in any context – they are genuinely new or novel
  • Level 2: Innovations transferred into health care from another sector such as another public service body, another industry or non-health related field
  • Level 3: Innovations transferred into the UK health care sector from health care systems overseas
  • Level 4: Innovations transferred or adapted from one health care setting to another eg social care to health care

On a scale of level 1 to 4, we regard level 1 as being the most innovative.

More information on applying can be found here:

http://www.health.org.uk/areas-of-work/programmes/innovating-for-improvement/

 

Scaling Up Improvement

Deadline for first stage of the application process is 12 noon, Tuesday 2 June 2015.

 

We have over £3 million available for up to seven teams to take successful health care improvement interventions and deliver them at a larger scale. We are looking for projects that aim to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care. Projects need to show how ideas, interventions and approaches that have been tested and shown to improve care at a small scale can be delivered at a larger scale. We are interested in projects that can be sustained beyond the life of the project and have the long term potential for wider adoption across the UK health service. We are looking to fund projects at a care pathway, health board, clinical network, organisational level or regional and national levels.

Teams’ proposed improvement project must demonstrate how they intend to impact on an identified problem. Interventions must have been already tested in the same setting, been shown to improve care and be ready to be implemented at a larger scale.

Applications are encouraged from any health or health and social care provider organisation in the UK where services are free at the point of delivery.

More information on how to apply can be found here:

 http://www.health.org.uk/areas-of-work/programmes/scaling-up-improvement/

 

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