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Deadline approaching: Scaling up Improvement

Thu 20 Apr 2017

Funding is available to health and social care provider organisations in the UK to help improve health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care.

The Scaling Up Improvement programme is looking to support a diverse range of up to seven projects, which address an identified problem or potential problem in health, or in health and social care.

The Health Foundation is seeking applications across the spectrum from primary, secondary or tertiary care, or across boundaries such as health and social care. This could include but is not limited to mental health, learning disabilities, care homes, maternity and children’s services, as well as care delivered in the patient’s own home.

This programme is specifically concerned with projects that:

  • Equip people to manage their conditions and health care more effectively.
  • Equip health care providers to improve the quality of care provided to their patients on a daily basis.
  • Make improvements in direct services for people with long term conditions, ill health or health care needs at the beginning and end of life (ie obstetrics, maternity and palliative care).

These projects must be able to make improvements at scale at care pathway, health board, clinical network, organisational, regional or national levels.

The deadline fo completed applications is 17 May 2917 (noon).

It is expected that successful projects will be delivered by a partnership of organisations working together. The Health Foundation will contract with the lead organisation.

To be eligible to apply as a lead organisation, all of the following must apply:

-The lead applicant should be one of the organisations within which the intervention is being implemented; and

-The lead applicant must provide or deliver health services free at the point of care in primary, secondary or tertiary care, or across boundaries such as health and social care. If a non NHS provider of health services, the organisation must be commissioned, or in an authorised position, to provide these services through the appropriate channels across the UK (eg registered with the Care Quality Commission in England). These providers must be able to demonstrate that more than 50% of their work is with NHS-funded patients.

Primary care applications are expected to come from provider organisations within which the intervention is being implemented, such as:

-Large and/or multisite GP practices.


-Healthcare community organisations.

However, if this is not feasible for these applicants and a convincing case is made, applications may be considered from a Clinical Commissioning Group acting as lead applicant on behalf of a number of, for example, GP practices, pharmacies etc, in order to ensure wider inclusion.

A lead organisation must be legally constituted. It may be constituted as:

-An NHS body.

-A ‘not for profit’ organisation (eg a charity or a company limited by guarantee).

-A social enterprise.

-A company limited by shares or a community interest organisation.

Partner organisations may include any of the following:

-Non NHS provider organisations, such as charities, voluntary organisations, patient led organisations, education bodies, companies and consultancies.

-Royal colleges.

-Specialist societies.

-Evaluation or research organisations.

-Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs), Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and improvement organisations.

-Clinical commissioning groups.

Applicants must first complete the screening tool. Once this is completed, the application form will be available to download.