The third round of the Innovating for Improvement programme is supporting twenty health care projects in the UK with the aim of improving health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care by testing and developing innovative ideas and approaches and putting them into practice.
The initiative from Haelo, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust was developed for patients coming into hospital. It provides ‘airline style’ safety advice to patients and their families about their stay in hospital in an attempt to reduce avoidable complications – such as blood clots, pressure ulcers, or falls.
The Patient Safety Briefing is based on the concept of safety advice given on aeroplanes before they take off, patients will be shown a film and provided with an information card to read to help them look after themselves during their hospital stay.
Following the success of the Patient Safety Briefing, Haelo worked alongside Birmingham Children’s Hospital, England and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane, Australia to develop a Children’s Safety Briefing which launched in February 2016.
Over the course of the programme the team will develop its innovative idea and approach, put it into practice and gather evidence about how the innovation improves the quality of health care.
Sarah Henderson, Associate Director from the Health Foundation said, “We are very excited to be working with such a high-calibre of teams, who all have great innovative ideas. As an organisation we are keen to support innovation at the frontline across all sectors of health and care services, and I am pleased that we will be able to support these ambitious teams to develop and test their ideas over the next year.
“Our aim is to promote the effectiveness and impact of the teams’ innovations and show how they have succeeded in improving the quality of healthcare, with the intention of these being widely adopted across the UK.”
The programme will run for fifteen months and each project will receive up to £75,000 of funding to support the implementation and evaluation of the project.