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


  • 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