A team from NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group has been selected by the Health Foundation, an independent health care charity, to be part of its £1.5 million innovation programme, Innovating for Improvement.
The Cumbria Learning and Improvement Collaborative – CLIC – provides training for all of Cumbria’s healthcare providers and commissioners in a collaborative way, bringing together people from across the organisations to work together to improve patient care.
The fifth round of the Innovating for Improvement programme is supporting 22 health care projects in the UK with the aim of improving health care delivery and/or the way people manage their own health care by testing and developing innovative ideas and approaches and putting them into practice.
The innovative project from CLIC has been awarded £75,000 and aims to develop and improve relationships within the teams working in urology cancer and mental health crisis. The projects will use ‘relational co-ordination’ to measure the quality of relationships and communication and look to develop better quality interaction to improve performance and clinical outcome.
Over the course of the programme the team will develop its innovative idea and approach, put it into practice and gather evidence about how the innovation improves the quality of health care.
The team will be led by Rachel Fleming, the clinical programme manager for CLIC who said: “Working on the relationship between the teams involved in a patient’s care will have positive benefits not just for the patients, but also the clinicians and everyone else involved as the patient goes through the system. As well as improvements in healthcare, we want to see if we can make the teams more efficient. Effective communication is at the heart of all successful teams and this is an opportunity to really make a positive difference.”
Sarah Henderson, Associate Director from the Health Foundation said, “We are very excited to be working with such a high-calibre of teams, who all have great innovative ideas. As an organisation we are keen to support innovation at the frontline across all sectors of health and care services, and I am pleased that we will be able to support these ambitious teams to develop and test their ideas over the next year.
“Our aim is to promote the effectiveness and impact of the teams’ innovations and show how they have succeeded in improving the quality of health care, with the intention of these being widely adopted across the UK.”
The programme will run for fifteen months and each project will receive up to £75,000 of funding to support the implementation and evaluation of the project.
Find out more about the Innovating for Improvement programme at: www.health.org.uk