The scale of transformation necessary to deliver the ambition outlined within Salford Locality plan is a considerable challenge that will require widespread innovation, enhanced use of technology and a commitment to research. Our existing partnerships, our relationships with academic organisations and most importantly our integrated IM&T system, means that Salford is uniquely placed within Greater Manchester to be a test bed for innovation and research.

We strive to promote and support various quality improvement programmes across Salford. Find out about our innovation and research work across the City. 

Innovation Fund Locality Call 19/20 - applications now open

Salford CCG is pleased to announce the launch of its 2019-20 Innovation Fund, with a total fund value of £1.5m.

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

Applications are sought which align to the following NHS Salford CCG strategy group innovation priorities.

Population Health

  • Screening / Early detection / Early diagnosis
  • Immunisation
  • Prevention / Personal empowerment and resilience
  • Improving timely presentation to GP with symptoms of Cancer
  • Reduction of Health Inequalities

Safety Improvement

  • Medicines
  • Improving physical health monitoring for patients on antipsychotics
  • Antimicrobial resistance (particular interest in bids addressing gram negative)
  • Reducing prescription waste / improving ordering (in particular: “When required” medicines)
  • Handover of care between Providers and Services
  • Care Homes Safety Improvement
  • Data and Intelligence (in particular: future indicators, shared system learning, AI solutions)
  • Supporting individuals actively, or at risk of, self-neglecting

Social Value and Engagement

  • Reducing the environmental impact of Health and Social Care
  • Digital Public and Patient Engagement
  • Improving engagement between individuals with complex lifestyles and the Health and Social Care system
  • Innovative new methods for data capture and analysis of patient / service user experience

Workforce development

  • New roles in Primary Care

Full details of the requirements and scope of this funding opportunity can be found in the Application Guidance document, provided in the downloads at the bottom of this page.


Initial applications should be made via the Application Form below, and submitted to

Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Weds 4th September 2019

Applications will be assessed and scored, and applicants notified by 20th September 2019:

Those shortlisted following initial application will be invited to a “Market Place” Event on the 30th September 2019, where you will have an opportunity to meet commissioners, strategy group members, patients and wider stakeholders.

Those that are shortlisted following the Market Place Event will be invited to present their proposals to an Innovation Fund Panel on either the 21st or 22nd October 2019. This panel provides an independent and final review of all bids and will make a final decision.  Please note that the decision of this panel is final and there are no mechanisms for appeal.  

Applicants should ensure that they secure their availability for these dates ahead of making an application, as attendance at Market Place and Panel will be required in order for an application to be eligible to proceed to the next stage.  

Please note that successful projects must be able to start work within 3 months of confirmation of funding award (decisions expected by end of October 2019), and will need to be delivered within 12-months of their start date.

Innovation Fund Locality Call Application Pack

Locality Call Application Form

Locality Call Application Guidance

Locality Call Terms and Conditions


  • Support the development of high quality commissioning underpinned by research evidence and innovation
  • Support NHS Salford CCG in becoming an excellent organisation by providing a culture that values and promotes research and innovation
  • Ensure research or evaluations commissioned by Salford CCG are patient centred and, through its implementation, strive to improve outcomes for patients
  • Offer every patient the opportunity to take part in research (where practicable)
  • Contribute to economic growth through opportunities offered by research, e.g. Salford Lung Study and partnership with Hitachi and to work effectively with partners, such as the Health Innovation Manchester, Haelo, North West e-Health (NWeH) and the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network to exploit those opportunities for Salford


  • To demonstrate and deliver the NHS England statutory duties to promote the use of research and the use of evidence obtained from high quality research
  • To support the NHS outcomes framework objectives by building the evidence base and identifying best practice
  • To commission research evaluations that delivers benefits for patients and families and supports the development of the evidence base and innovative practice
  • To increase patient and public engagement in research as participants and researchers


  1. To identify and prioritise local commissioning health services research topics and coordinate this work with Health Innovation Manchester, Manchester Academic Health Science Centre (MAHSC), NWeH, Manchester Academic Health Science Network (MAHSN), Manchester Clinical Research Network (CRN), Haelo, Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC), NIHR, industry and other stakeholders
  2. To develop the evidence base in relation to models of commissioning to ensure the approach to commissioning services is based on best evidence and effectiveness
  3. To increase research capabilities amongst NHS Salford CCG staff to use research and quality improvement methods to utilise the outcomes of research, thereby increasing the quality of care and treatment commissioned
  4. To ensure the inclusion of patients in setting priorities for research and participation in the design, delivery and dissemination of research
  5. To promote the ideal that every patient coming into the NHS is offered an opportunity to take part in research
  6. To increase the availability of information on current and completed research and outcomes to the public
  7. To maximise the benefits from research through innovation, income, knowledge improvement and impact