We have so far supported over 60 ‘Shine’ teams who have received an award from the Health Foundation to test their innovative healthcare improvement projects. These have been taking place in every sector of healthcare and across an enormously diverse range of clinical settings. They are developing new approaches to delivering healthcare through one of three categories:
We ensure that the project teams have a robust project management framework as this underpins a rigorous approach to testing and evaluating their innovation. We support them as they progress through the set-up, implementation and evaluation phases, encouraging them throughout to remain focused on realising benefits. From the outset we reinforce the importance of early planning for sustainability and spread.
The vast majority of projects have been successful in achieving measurable benefits which has been a stimulus for both local and widespread quality improvements in healthcare. This is particularly relevant in the context of a surge of interest in innovation over recent years, as promoted in the national QIPP agenda.