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 'Challenges Call' 19/20 - applications now open

Salford CCG is pleased to announce the launch of its 2019-20 Innovation Fund Challenges Call.  The Innovation Fund Challenges Call is inviting applications proposing innovative new solutions, to address the specific challenges highlighted below.


Innovation Challenge 1: Mental Capacity Act Training - Seeking a new scalable digital solution which fulfils a need to provide experiential learning through decision-making scenario training.


Innovation Challenge 2: Mental Health Crisis Prevention – Seeking approaches to supporting adults with emerging / escalating mental health needs in the community to prevent acute presentations and offer alternatives to presentation at A+E.


Innovation Challenge 3: Salford Living Well – Seeking approaches to support the development of web / app based technology to hold ‘my story’ information for people seeking support from the Living Well Service.

Please see the application pack documents at the bottom of the page for full details regarding each of the three challenges.


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

Applications must be submitted by close of business on Friday 20th December 2019

Applications will be assessed and scored, and applicants notified by 10th January 2020.

Those that are shortlisted will be invited to present their proposals to an Innovation Fund Panel on either the 27th or 28th January 2020. 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.

Please note that successful projects must be able to start work within 3 months of confirmation of funding award (decisions expected by end of 31st January 2020), and will need to be delivered within 12-months of their start date.

Innovation Fund Locality Call Application Pack

IC1 Mental Capacity Act Training

IC2 Mental Health Crisis Prevention

IC3 Salford Living Well

Challenges Call Application Form

Challenges Call Application Guidance

Challenges Call Terms and Conditions

2019/20 Innovation Fund successful bids

NHS Salford CCG is pleased to announce that the following projects have been successful and we look forward to working with your projects over the coming year and the impact and outcomes the project will have on our local community and residents of Salford city.

Dads matters – This project aims to work through targeted interventions for Dads in Salford during the perinatal period.  The Project will support the needs of dads who can be prone to develop poor mental health or may find themselves supporting a partner with perinatal mental health illness. Outcomes will include benefits for the whole family, during this vulnerable time, as well as aid good baby development.

Tek Eagles Salford – This project ‘TEK’ Eagles (Technology, Education & Knowledge) will work with BME residents across Salford engaging disadvantaged and hard to reach BAME communities. The project will provide support and the use of IT/apps in healthcare. The project aims to build education and knowledge by supporting communities to use their own smart phones, tablets and computers. The project will enable Salford residents to become more aware of their health inequalities and allow them to be better informed so they can make better life choices in regards to their health.

Thermal Performance Analysis – This project aims to drive a reduction in the environmental impact of Health and Social Care through a thermal performance analysis of the Salford Royal Hospital Estate. The aim of this project is to provide a qualitative overview of the thermal performance of the hospital buildings at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. The benefit of this project, and completion of high priority items, will support the reduction in environmental impact of Health and Social Care through improved energy efficiency of the buildings.

Autism self-advocacy and training -This Project would work with autistic individuals referred in from health and social care professionals, as well as self-referrals. The aim would be to provide specialist

Information, guidance, coaching and advocacy services, together with social relevance

And inclusion, to enable individuals to learn about themselves and their diagnosis, and

how to be with people, so as to increase their ability to self-manage and live independent lives, through building confidence and motivation to interact more and improve their quality of life, so leading to improved overall health and wellbeing. In addition the projects will be providing training to Salford organisations on autism to increase awareness and knowledge.  

App for people with MS – This project is proposing an innovation involving the deployment and evaluation of an app to support the self-management of long-term conditions, using Multiple Sclerosis (MS) as a case exemplar.  The project will provide an opportunity to improve patient ability to manage and control their data by creating a digital diary for recording pattern of illness and the ability to manage relationships between health care professionals and people living with MS, as well as receiving information about a patient before they arrive for their appointment, or, giving patients access to the right kind of professional at the right time.

Footfall - The aim of this project proposal is to recognise the benefit of improved contact with our patient -population, by rolling out a city wide innovative online solution (FootFall).   This is a web-based product that accelerates Practice productivity by encouraging patients to do more online via a comprehensive digital approach that covers all aspects of the work of a GP Practice.

Improving safety of medicines – This project aims to set Salford medicine standards and policies for health and social care support staff managing and administer medicines in the home environment through creating a bespoke Salford medicines training package and competency assessments to be adopted by care agencies when training and assessing staff.  The training would support a move towards the use of original packs as opposed to multi-compartment compliance aids where care staff are trained to administer medicines from a labelled pack, dispensed and supplied by a pharmacy. A standardised medicines-adherence assessment tool would determine what adjustments people need in order to safely manage their medicines at home. 

Mouth Care Matters - This project plans to deploy a qualified dental nurse/dental health educator who will project manage and deliver 5 days a week, training in Salford care homes for staff. The outcomes of the project will increase the number of residents having a plan for oral health care and that staff are trained to detect and prevent oral health conditions. Additionally homes will be provided with resources to support training and care.

Cancer awareness – This project will focus on increasing cancer awareness in the population of young people living in Salford through the creation and delivery of a series of workshops. This will include an improved knowledge on the signs and symptoms of cancer and the types of cancer in young people and incidence rates. The young people will be shown how to check for symptoms of cancer through the use of specialised equipment. The project outcomes will seek to increase knowledge and education to young people of Salford.  

KASO – This project aims to deliver a number of training and events within Salford to a large Caribbean and African population; and develop health literature that is culturally and religiously relevant to the Black community. The programme will highlight healthcare issues in the community and offer screening to attendees. KASO project seeks to improve the wellbeing of the Caribbean and African community in Salford.

Advocacy for deaf people – This projects aims to make provision for introducing a specialist, targeted advocacy service for deaf people in Salford who currently find it difficult to learn about, access and negotiate health and social care services that they require or could benefit from; a cohort also struggling, often with multiple other issues in their lives which, without being addressed, could impact their physical and mental health and well-being.

Skin vision – The project of Skin Vision will provide an increase in early detection of skin cancer by empowering individuals to self-check suspicious skin lesions using their own smartphone. The project will act as a filter to the health system, enabling healthcare professionals to spend more time on treating and supporting patients with malignant skin lesions. Whilst at the same time empowering patients to recognize skin cancer early and find the right care in time. The project aims to increase early detection (stage I / II) skin cancers and     reduce unnecessary dermatology referrals.


  • 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