New fund to support health and social care teams

New fund to support health and social care teams with implementing innovations and improvements in the West Midlands.

On Friday 9 October 2020, the West Midlands Academic Health Science Network (WMAHSN) launched the Safety Innovation & Improvement Fund, giving individuals and teams working in health and social care the chance to apply for funding of up to £10,000 to support the spread or adoption of an innovation or improvement resulting in improvements for patients and service users.

The Fund will provide a limited number of successful applicants with support to implement their projects over a six-month period. The WMAHSN will also support teams to use Quality Improvement (QI) methods, which will help them to make measurable improvements to the care of patients and service users.

Kate Hall, Director of Implementation and Adoption at WMAHSN, said: “We are very pleased to launch the new West Midlands Safety Innovation and Improvement Fund. This is a fantastic opportunity for health and social care staff to access funds and support which will assist them in making improvements for their patients and service users”

Both health and social care teams will be able to apply for the funding to support a wide range of projects, including: the adoption of an innovation or improvement intervention (new or incremental changes to improve existing processes), the spread of an innovation or improvement intervention to one or more sites, and the testing and refining of an innovation or intervention in partnership with one or more sites.

This year, WMAHSN is keen to support projects that primarily focus on managing patient or service user deterioration or projects from care homes. Applications will also be considered in other areas, including workforce, maternity and neonatal, mental health, medicines safety, COPD, tracheostomy care and cardiovascular disease.

Applications are open from Friday 9th October 2020 and all applications must be submitted by Sunday 8th November 2020; any applications submitted after this date will not be considered. Any individual or team working in health and social care within the West Midlands and AHSN area is able to apply.


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