Applications are currently being taken for the Innovation and Improvement Fund 2022/23. For full details and to apply please go to the Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership website.

NHS Salford CCG 2021-22 Innovation & Improvement Fund

Call for Applications

NHS Salford CCG is pleased to announce the launching of its 2021-22 Innovation and Improvement Fund with a total fund value of £500,000

This year we have increased the scope of our traditional Innovation Fund, and for the first time are also inviting applications for Quality Improvement (QI) initiatives.

Applications are sought for new innovation trials and quality improvement projects which align to the following priorities around the agenda of “building back better”:

  • Addressing Health Inequalities and Wider Determinants of Health

Interventions focusing on “closing the gaps” in health; in particular ageing, frailty and ethnicity and other inequalities exacerbated by the pandemic.

  • Safety Improvement

Interventions to improve the safety of patients and residents, in particular: Community services; care homes; medicines safety; primary care; incident reporting and learning systems; reducing patient harms

  • Emerging from Covid

Interventions addressing care access, screening, “deconditioning” and “hidden/delayed cases” presenting as we emerge from Covid. Also addressing the impact of the pandemic on population and health and social care staff health and wellbeing, especially mental health

  • Supporting the National Immunisation Inequalities Strategy

Interventions to support the implementation of this PHE strategy, in particular exploring and addressing the causes of variation in vaccine uptake between different ethnicity groups, communities and wards in Salford.

  • Sustain, spread and embed improvements in Primary Care

Building on the changes made, learning developed and opportunities arisen during the pandemic to “build back better”. This is an opportunity to further explore, scale up and embed those changes that have seen a positive impact. Examples may include: scaling up innovations and improvements made in one practice onto other practices or a PCN footprint; utilising our workforce differently; improving the access, demand and experience of digital systems and what to retain “post-covid”.

  • Improving the environmental sustainability of care

Reducing the waste, inefficiencies and carbon footprint of care delivery and products.

Please note that the scale and scope of this year’s fund cannot support digital proposals which require significant software or systems investment.


There are different application forms for Innovation and Improvement proposals. This is in order that we can ask the right questions for each type of project; please do not submit your proposal in both categories. To determine which category your project proposal fits within, please refer to the definitions below:

  • Innovation projects follow the definition used by our Innovation Fund since its inception in 2013, that is: structured trials and evaluations of ideas, products or services that are either new to the NHS or applied in a way that is new to the NHS, and have the potential to make a big difference to the quality of health and care of the people of Salford. Innovation projects are typically 12 months in duration.
  • Improvement (QI) projects do not require a major new innovation to be at the core of their proposal, but rather are focused on using QI methodologies to test smaller changes at a ground level to deliver improvements to existing services, processes and pathways. As such, only current Salford providers may submit proposals in this category. QI projects may be 3, 6 or 12 months in duration.

If you are unclear which category you should apply for, please contact the Innovation, Research and QI team at for further advice.

Please follow the relevant Application Guidance document when completing your application, which details the information we are looking for in each question.

Application Assessment and Scoring

An initial round of shortlisting will take place shortly after the application deadline. This will focus on suitability and completeness of the bids, and their relevance to the strategic themes.

Those shortlisted will be invited to a digital “Marketplace” event where you will have an opportunity to present your idea to commissioners, strategy group members, patients and wider stakeholders. To maintain safety, this years marketplace will take place digitally, and shortlisted applicants will be asked to make a short 3-5 minute video pitch to introduce themselves and their idea/product which stakeholders can review online along with their bids. Resources will be provided on how to make an effective and clear video with a smart phone.

Those that are shortlisted following the Marketplace Event will be invited to present their proposals to an Innovation Fund Panel. This panel provides an independent and final review of all bids and will make the funding decisions.  Please note that the decision of this panel is final and there are no mechanisms for appeal.  

Further Information

Please note funding will only be paid to organisations, not to individuals. All awards will be subject to due diligence and successful completion of a Data Protection Impact Assessment and Equality Impact Assessment where necessary (determined via screener).

Please note that successful projects will need to be initiated within 8 weeks of the funding decision, and delivered within a maximum 12-month timescale.

Full criteria and exclusions can be found in the Terms and Conditions document in the downloads below.

Apply Now

Applications are now open for 8 weeks, and will close at 5pm on 28th July 2021. 

Applications should be made via the relevant application form below and submitted to

Innovation Project Application Form

Innovation Project Application Guidance

Improvement Project Application Form

Improvement Project Application Guidance

Innovation and Improvement Fund 2021-22 Terms and Conditions