The Health Foundation Innovating for Improvement programme aims to improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care through the redesign of processes, practices and services.
The programme will support clinical teams to develop their innovative ideas and approaches, put them into practice and gather evidence about how their innovation improves quality.
Projects are based in 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 will 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 practical and generalisable beyond the chosen health care setting.
Projects must provide robust evidence to demonstrate that their idea is genuinely innovative and corresponds with one of the following four descriptions of innovation:
- Descriptor 1: Innovations with no previous history in any context – they are genuinely new or novel
- Descriptor 2: Innovations transferred into health care from another sector such as another public service body, another industry or non-health related field
- Descriptor 3: Innovations transferred into the UK health care sector from health care systems overseas
- Descriptor 4: Innovations transferred or adapted from one health care setting to another e.g social care to health care