26th January 2015

The Health Foundation: Innovating for Improvement. Deadline 10/02/15

The Health Foundation

Innovating for Improvement

We have £1.5m 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 are looking 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.

Applying for this programme

The first stage of applications is now open and closes at 12 noon, Tuesday 10 February 2015 (please note that the Health Foundation reserves the right to close ahead of this deadline if the programme is oversubscribed).

Find out more about how to apply

There is a two stage application process. Applicants should download and read the following documents in full before going on to complete the screening tool and access the application form:

Click here for further information

The next round of applications will open in July 2015. To find out when new programmes are open for application, please register for email alerts.