Innovation Fund

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Calling all innovators! We've launched a new Innovation Locality Call for ideas to improve healthcare. See below for details - but be quick as our deadline is 5pm on 28 July 2017

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Calling all health innovators


05 June 2017


NHS Salford CCG is launching the Innovation Fund Locality call in partnership with Salford CVS, with a total fund of £250,000.

The Innovation Fund Locality Call will look to fund the testing and development of innovative healthcare products, services and clinical practices that aim to improve the experience and outcomes of patients.

Applicants can apply for an award of up to £100,000 (inclusive of VAT). Applications are sought which align to the following NHS Salford CCG strategy group innovation priorities:

Integrated Community Based Care

  • Self-care / Self-management - including supporting patients / patient groups
  • Early detection of disease i.e. cancer  or early detection of exacerbation of LTC
  • Improving measurement of patient outcomes
  • Moving care closer to home i.e. avoid admissions/point of care testing


Children’s and Young People

  • Mental health / emotional health and wellbeing
  • Special educational needs & disability (SEND)
  • Early intervention and prevention across issues for children and young people, with particular focus on family and parent support services as part of work with CYP


Medicines Optimisation

  • Improving medicines safety
  • Improving patients getting better outcomes from their medicines
  • Reducing medicines waste
  • Improving medicines reconciliation at transfers of care
  • Reducing harms from medicines
  • Improving antibiotic stewardship
  • Reducing inappropriate antibiotic use
  • Improving medicine use in care homes


Mental Health

  • Asylum Seekers - Initiatives which serve to support asylum seekers with mental health problems, focusing on non-clinical support. This should be focused around advice and practical help, signposting and support to facilitate links to relevant support agencies. It is crucial that any scheme links up closely with the local specialist mental health service for asylum seekers to achieve co-working.
  • Post-incident support for young people - We are keen to hear ideas about how emotional/psychological support can be provided to young people (children and young adults, up to the age of 25 years) following major traumatic incidents which have significant population impact. It will be crucial to describe links to other relevant support services.
  • Men’s Mental Health - The CCG and Council have previously supported initiatives which aim to promote positive mental health in men, via mediums such as sport. We would like to support additional appropriate initiatives along these same lines, de-stigmatising mental health issues and engaging local men via creative routes.


Urgent and Emergency Care

  • Support to ensure patients appropriately access the right urgent care services for the right care i.e. targeted communication / education / feedback on appropriate use of urgent care system.
  • Pathways or interventions that prevent A&E attendance or prevent ambulance conveyance or avoid admissions

Engagement & Experience

  • Responding to Needs Assessments undertaken through the city’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment programme (click here for details) i.e. reducing health inequalities.
  • Maximise innovation in assessment and care planning, particularly across health and social care, including for personal health budgets.
  • Use new approaches to obtain patient feedback on existing services and new plans (including patient experience).
  • Proactively respond to low level need in order to sustain people’s independence.
  • Motivate behaviour change in our local population to live healthier lifestyles, increase self-care and support others in our local communities. 


Successful candidates will need to be able to demonstrate that their submissions have relevance to, or impact on the Salford Locality Plan: Click here for further details.

Initial applications should be made via the application form at the bottom of the page and submitted to  Applications will be assessed and scored, with those shortlisted being invited to present their proposal to the Innovation Fund Panel. The panel will then make a final decision and communicate the results.

Please note funding will only be paid to organisations, not to individuals. Subject to due diligence, those that are successful will be notified in October 2017. Successful projects will need to be delivered within a 12-month timescale.


The Innovation Fund Locality Call for applications is open now. Applications must be submitted by 5pm on 28th July 2017.


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