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


This programme is closed for applications.

Key Points

  • 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 receives up to £75,000 of funding, over 15 months, to support the implementation and measurement of the project.

We 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.


Innovation is about doing things differently or doing new things to make positive change. The Health Foundation recognises that innovation takes different forms. Those projects involved in Innovating for Improvement are innovative in one of the following ways:

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


The latest round of the Innovating for Improvement programme involves project teams that have demonstrated a clear and convincing problem they want to address – a significant quality issue relevant to UK health care.

They have demonstrated 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 three months beginning in January 2019.

    *excluding the Channel Islands. 

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    Addressing the frequent use of urgent care in the paediatric population of West Kent

    Improvement project

    This project is aiming to address the unmet needs of children and young people in West Kent who use urgent care services most frequently.

    Mental Health Recovery: Supporting staff to deliver rights-respect services

    Improvement project

    This project is focusing on empowering mental health patients by supporting staff to respect and protect their rights in everyday decision-making and service delivery.

    Reducing opioids through supportive education

    Improvement project

    This project is aiming to support patients living with chronic pain to reduce opioid use.

    Improving children’s social care staff wellbeing through reflexive peer group supervision and critical incident debrief

    Improvement project

    This project is aiming to improve staff wellbeing, recruitment and retention through the introduction of safe spaces and a debrief service.

    Empowering prescribers to empower patients and fellow professionals: a novel approach to safe, person-centred practice

    Improvement project

    This project is aiming to improve the experiences of inpatients on insulin and the education of foundation trainees.

    Fit Families for the Future: Improving our recognition and response to children and families struggling with obesity

    Improvement project

    This project is aiming to transform the lives of children and families who are struggling with weight issues.

    Developing home-based Parkinson’s care

    Improvement project

    This project will introduce a new way of working for Parkinson's nurses, that better meets the needs of patients and improves support for staff,

    Using cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to improve medicines-related consultations in cardiac health

    Improvement project

    This project is aiming to positively affect patients’ adherence to medication, beliefs about medicines and quality of life in the area of cardiac health. 

    Engaging the workforce in real time: listening, understanding and responding to what matters most to our staff

    Improvement project

    This project is aiming to understand and improve the staff experience across the Trust, while also building on the quality of the patient experience.

    Creative activities to improve staff wellbeing, quality of care and the way people living with dementia and their carers support their own health

    Improvement project

    This project is aiming to use creative activities to make a positive contribution to the health and wellbeing of staff and people with dementia.

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