Health Foundation awards £1.8 million to test and develop a new way of measuring and monitoring of patient safety

Oct 2014

Three regional improvement organisations and six frontline organisations have been selected for the Health Foundation’s new £1.8 million Safety Measurement and Monitoring Programme. The programme will support those working in the NHS to test and develop a new way of measuring and monitoring safety

Cost Effectiveness of Assistive Technologies

Stirling University has published a literature review of the cost effectiveness of assistive technologies in the dementia care  arena. The report can be read: HERE


A new report of the Benefits of Systems Modelling

UK health systems are under significant pressure to respond to rising demand, with no immediate prospect of additional funding. Meeting this challenge will require more focused operational management coupled with an acceleration of innovation. In response, commissioners and service leads are increasingly turning to system modelling and simulation approaches to shape new service pathways, enhance the performance and quality of existing services, and make more informed decisions about where to direct resources. A new briefing has been produced by the Health Services Research Network which looks at the contribution of the work of MASHnet to service redesign.

This briefing looks at how today’s modelling and simulation techniques are helping healthcare leaders develop new integrated models of care, redesign and improve care pathways, evaluate cost/capacity trade-offs, predict future demand more accurately and forecast how services will be used by patients. The techniques, applied through collaborative partnerships between service providers and modellers as well as commissioners and modellers, are proving invaluable in helping NHS leaders respond more effectively to today’s complex health and social care challenges and prepare for the challenges of the future. MASHnet – The UK Modelling and Simulation in Healthcare Network was established in 2005 initially funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Its expressed aim is to improve healthcare through the more effective application of systems modelling. Many of its activities are directed to improve communication and understanding between health service, research and commercial communities.

The report in full: Systems Modelling and Simulation in Healthcare


New Content of NHS England Innovation Score Card

This tool is available to CCGs

June 2014 publication, list of contents

With the latest publication, there is revised data and wider coverage of medicines. In addition, for the first time uptake at Area Team level (table 5.2) is displayed.

  • Ratio of expected : observed for various technology appraisals, by all CCG areas – 2012 data – Table 1.1
  • Ratio of expected : observed for various technology appraisals, by Area Team – 2012 data – Table 1.2
  • Selected medicines: Defined Daily Dose per 100,000 of the population by CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) area and England; April to December 2013 data – Table 2.1
  • Medical Technologies per 100,000 population, by CCG area and England; April to December 2013 data – Table 2.2
  • Medicines Purchased (mg or units) per 100,000 FCE days of hospital care, by NHS Hospital trust and England; April to December 2013 data – Table 3.1
  • Selected Medicines: Volume (mg) per 100,000 FCE days of hospital care, by trust and England; April to December 2013 data – Table 3.2
  • Links to Hospital Trust Formularies – Table 4
  • Use of selected medicines over time (January 2012 to December 2013), including those covered by the NICE Implementation Collaborative – Table 5.1
  • Selected Medicines: Cost (£) in primary and secondary care, per 100,000 resident population, by Area Team and England; April to September 2013 data – Table 5.2

Health Foundation Improvement Fund (scale and spread)

May 2014 (closing June 16th 2014)

The Health Foundation has over £3 million available for up to seven teams to take successful health care improvement interventions and deliver them at a larger scale. Applications are now open.

They 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. The 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. They 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 can come from any health or health and social care provider organisation in the UK where services are free at the point of delivery.

There is a two stage application process for this programme. Applicants should read the Call for applications (198.58Kb)  and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (57.24Kb)  in full before completing an outline application form.

If you are interested in applying for Scaling Up Improvement, go to How to apply.

Deadline for first stage of the application process is 12 noon, Monday 16 June 2014 although the call may close early if over subscribed

Webex – Wednesday 26th February 2014

Improving Quality in Healthcare in Challenging Times 

annette BartleyOn 26th February 2014 we were pleased that Annette Bartley, Independent Quality Improvement Consultant was able to join us to provide a basic introduction to the use of Quality Improvement Methodology in Healthcare (IHI) and offer examples of its application in practice which have resulted in improved outcomes for patients. The presentation was followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

Annette Bartley is a registered nurse with over 30 years of experience in healthcare. She has held leadership roles in frontline clinical care, management and at director level. In 2006 she was awarded a Health Foundation Quality Improvement Fellowship spent at the US Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), during which time she also completed a Masters in Public Health at Harvard University.
Annette is an Independent Quality Improvement Consultant responsible for developing, supporting and leading a number of highly successful quality improvement and patient safety initiatives across the UK at regional and national level. Her work extends internationally and Annette is viewed as an authority on the prevention of avoidable pressure ulcers using quality improvement methodology and the implementation of SKIN Bundle and Intentional Rounding.
Annette was the IHI Director for the Health Foundation’s Safer Patients network for three years. She continues to work with IHI on various projects, in addition she works with the UK Kings Fund Patient and Family Centred Care Programme, Health Improvement Scotland, Northern Ireland Public Health Agency, The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, The 1000 Lives Welsh Patient Safety Programme, the South West Quality and Patient Safety Mental Health Improvement Programme, Midlands and East Stop the Pressure Programme, Danish Patient Safety Programme, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement and many others.
Annette’s passion is inspiring and supporting frontline care teams to reliably deliver high quality, safe, person centered care.

If you missed this interesting event, there is an opportunity to view the presentation and listen to the recording:-

This Webex was supported by Pfizer Ltd under a medical education goods and services contract.


Webex – Tuesday 21st January 2014

Making a successful case:-applying for project funding

DGDuncan Goodes, former Head of Innovation for NHS South of England, shared his experience based on reviewing over 600 applications for funding, of things that can be done to improve your chance of gaining the resources you need for successful funding bid opportunities. Duncan’s presentation was followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions about how to make a case to your own organisation or an external funding organisation.

Duncan Goodes has over 30 years experience in the NHS and has recently been working regionally and nationally supporting and driving innovation adoption. Duncan’s past roles include acute trust and community trust senior management, working as a network director, leading emergency and business continuity planning and working as a senior nurse. Duncan has also worked extensively with NHS organisations and industry partners in defining, developing and delivering technologies responsive to the needs of the NHS.

As part of recent roles, as an SHA Network manager and learning disabilities and mental health lead and most recently as Head of Innovation for NHS South of England, Duncan has had the opportunity to review over 600 applications for funding from a wide range of NHS and social care organisations and from industry partners.

Duncan also has a clinical background having worked as a Registered Mental Health Nurse (RMN) and later as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) where he worked as a charge nurse, lecturer practitioner, tutor and ‘Senior Professional Nurse Advisor’. Throughout his career Duncan’s focus has been, and remains, the patient or service user and working to improve their experiences and outcomes whilst increasing service efficiency and productivity.

Duncan holds a diploma in management, a teaching qualification, a research based degree and is a PRINCE2 practitioner and MSP (Managing Successful Programmes) trained and now works as an independent care consultant.

Duncan’s presentation for the event is available to download:- 

A recording of the event is available to listen to (Please be aware that there is a significant pause at the beginning before it starts):- 

The Webex was supported by Pfizer Ltd under a medical education goods and services contract.

For more information on:- Making a case for change and funding sources


NHS England is holding a series of  Webinars this January regarding positive experiences of care:

6Cs Live! webinars
January’s Week of Action webinars

Our 6Cs Live! January 2014 Week of Action focusing on ‘Action area 2 of Compassion in Practice: working with people to provide a positive experience of care starts on Monday 20th January. As part of this week of action, you and your teams are invited to join and participate in a series of webinars.  The webinars are a great opportunity to engage with experts and clinical teams sharing their experiences of improvement and delivering excellent care through the 6Cs.  Join us in taking action, to share, learn and connect with colleagues from across the country. For more information click: HERE

From shared purpose to joint action: telling the story and capturing the learning from the NHS Change Model

Final report: December 2013

The NHS Change Model was developed to provide a single, integrated, evidence-based toolkit for achieving change in the National Health Service, in a way that attends to the full range of aspects of change: organisational, technical, psychological, social. Based on theory and empirical evidence from a range of disciplines, the NHS Change Model has been adopted by NHS England as its chosen framework for instigating and managing improvement in NHS care. This report details the findings of a formative, strengths-based evaluation of the NHS Change Model, commissioned from the SAPPHIRE Group at the University of Leicester to provide early learning from the development and uptake of the NHS Change Model, to inform further improvements to the Model itself and the way in which it is communicated to and used by NHS staff.

To download this informative report:-

To find out more about NHS Improving Quality:-


Launch of the 2013 Regional Innovation Fund – Nov 15

A Regional Innovation Fund (RIF) of £5million is available this year to support and promote the adoption of innovation and the spread of best practice across the NHS.

All allocations made through the fund will be allocated by NHS England in December 2013. The fund is open to NHS England, as well as the NHS and Academic Health Science Networks (ASHNs). Allocations made through the fund will seek to deliver significant improvements in quality and efficiency in the NHS through innovation.

For further information please click: HERE

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