Applying for a North West Regional Innovation Fund award. Manchester, 29 July 2010. What RIFs are for.
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Manchester, 29 July 2010
The purpose of Regional Innovation Funds (or RIFs) is to identify, grow and diffuse tomorrow’s best practice in the NHS. Their focus is on service innovation, healthcare delivery, health improvement, and patient empowerment
Ultimately, the aim is to:
There are £246 million good ideas out there. 1921 applications received by 10 SHAs
184 funded projects in 9 SHAs for a total value of £14.3 million
Innovation in progress – each SHA set up a different RIF process
One aim: unearthing and diffusing good ideas
Reducing pressure on hospital delivering more care in the community and at home
35% of funded projects focus on LTCs and 15% on acute episodes
72% are set outside of hospital
18% are expected to keep people out of hospital or reduce their length of stay
Virtual community ward project
Community IVT services
New ways of improving efficiency and streamlining services
27% of funded projects propose the re-engineering of existing services
10% propose the digitisation of records and processes
7% propose the integration of services across primary, social and family care
18% are expected to deliver improved processes (i.e. Better coordination in service delivery, reduced administrative burden, better cooperation between services, improved commissioning etc.)
Short stay hip replacement programme
Telestroke. Delivering 24/7 stroke thrombolysis using Telemedicine.
Harnessing patient and carer knowledge and expertise: enabling self help and self management
16% of funded projects are set in people’s homes and 47% in the community
9% are expected to enhance patients’ skills in self help and mutual support
Getting sorted – online tools for young people with diabetes
Group directed therapy for chronic pelvic pain syndrome
Better models of prevention
9% of funded projects focussed on the staying healthy clinical pathway
10% are expected to deliver improved prevention and awareness about health issues
Strength and balance classes for fall prevention
Preventing repeat alcohol admissions
Enabling patients to navigate the health service more effectively and maximise the effectiveness of clinicians
10% of funded projects use new media to deliver services (i.e. Telehealth, digital access to information)
The Journey From In-Patient Specialist Mental Health Services
More effective end of life services
Projects focussing on End of life care had the highest success rate nationally: 20% (15% in NW)
Dementia and End of Life Care: Spreading best practice
Unified DNACPR strategy
Strategic fit – articulate clearly how your project fits with SHA priorities and what is innovative about it
Impact – demonstrate how your project will make a difference in terms of quality, access to service, cost savings...
Implementation and leadership – clear milestones, team make up, leadership, stakeholder involvement, reasonable timescales, sound budget, clear monitoring and evaluation plans
Sustainability and scalability – show how the project will continue beyond RIF. Engagement of key stakeholders, plans for diffusion. Scalability and transferability of project idea
Partnership – 70% of funded projects had at least one partner and 80% of these had at least one non-NHS partner.
RIF is only one of the avenues to realise your idea
Connect with the gate keepers– make connections with decision makers and budget holders who can “buy” your idea and make it happen
Demonstrate the value of your idea– be able to articulate the benefits and, if relevant, savings that your idea will deliver. Clear, robust numbers will help you capture the attention of your potential commissioner
Don’t forget to plan for sustainability– think long term! How will you sustain and diffuse your project?
Connect with other innovators– and use resources available for innovation in the NHS (i.e. NHS Institute, NIC, Hubs etc.)