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The aims of the NHS London regional innovation fund programme

Through Department of Health regional innovation funding, NHS London is supporting seventeen projects that are addressing:

  • Models of integrated care

  • Transforming the patient experience

  • Ways of spreading successful innovations

  • Developing primary care based diagnostics

The programme aims to deliver significant improvements in the quality of services as well as reductions in cost.  Collectively we want to learn about what makes innovation work in the NHS, what hinders it and the best way of working through the problems to deliver innovation that transforms healthcare across the capital. Thank you for your part in making this happen!

Details of all the projects are below


Models of integrated care


The Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust is working to reduce discharge delays for children on long term ventilation (LTV) who are medically stable.  This includes supporting local centres (including premature baby units and children’s hospices) to provide safe care as a transition to home (Contact – Dr Gillian Halley)


King’s Health Partners, in partnership with the London Borough of Southwark and voluntary organisations - developing a holistic model of integrated care for people with serious diabetes by bringing together psychological, social and clinical support (Contact – Dr Khalida Ismail)

NHS Croydon, the London Borough of Croydon and local GPs - how technology can support the pro-active care of vulnerable older patients and social care service users in local residential and nursing homes (Contact – Jacqueline Goodchild)


Herne Hill GP Practice in Lambeth and community groups – providing primary health care for young people in youth centres, tackling such important issues as teenage pregnancy, obesity, smoking and alcohol and drug abuse (Contact – Dr Stephanie Lamb)


Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London Ambulance Service, Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre and University of West of England, Bristol are working with staff and patients to design and develop a better A&E ambulance that aims to improve the patient experience, enhance the integration of care and reduce costs for the NHS (Contact – Ed Matthews)



Transforming the patient experience


National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery at UCL Hospitals, working with Young Foundation - piloting a service to bring specialist care closer to people with Multiple Sclerosis’s homes, supporting them and local GPs to self-manage their condition (Contact – Bernadette Porter)


Westminster PCT and Groundwork UK - training people with personal experience of homelessness to improve the health of homeless people and increase their confidence to access health services and adhere to treatment, reducing their reliance on A&E (Contact – Mary-Cate MacLennan)


Barnet Community Services and Brunel University - examining how wii technology could be used in physiotherapy, enabling patients to complete individualised rehabilitation programmes in their own homes, with health professionals monitoring patient performance and activity remotely (Contact – Dee Hackett)


Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is developing ‘i-friends’, a buddying scheme that aims to improve the experience of patients visiting hospital, and the services they receive, by linking them with student doctors and nurses (Contact – Prof Helen Ward)


South London and Maudsley NHS Trust with Sidekick Studios – using technology in the home to help people with mental health conditions, and their networks, monitor and manage their condition (Contact – Dr Jerome Carson)



Spreading successful innovations


NHS Newham is helping other London boroughs to learn from its success in promoting greater access to primary care for migrant workers (Contact – Mark Leach)


UCL Partners and Microsoft are developing a web-based tool for young people with diabetes to improve the quality and effectiveness of patient care by making NICE guidance everyday practice (Contact – Prof David Fish)


The Whittington NHS Trust is improving the enhanced recovery pathway, and significantly reduce length of stay, through promoting wider use of the ‘Doppler’ in clinical practice (Contact – Martin Kuper)


Commissioning Support for London with London Long Term Conditions Board and Diabetes UK is working to spread innovation in the personalisation of care for people with diabetes through networks (Contact – Caroline Gilmartin)


NHS London is developing, testing and evaluating a sustainable commercial funding model to help diffuse provider-led schemes that demonstrate that some care traditionally provided in a hospital can be effectively delivered in a clinically safe and appropriate manner in patients’ own homes (Contact – Chris Cheyne)



Developing primary care based diagnostics


UCLH (Contact – Donna Elliot-Rotgans) and a partnership between NHS Hounslow and West Middlesex University Hospital (Contact – Sue Clements) are developing and testing new ways of delivering diagnostic services in primary care settings, which can then be diffused across London