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Health Foundation awards Trust £70k

Posted on 7th July, 2014

The Trust has been awarded approximately £70,000 over 15 months from the Health Foundation's Shine 2014 programme. The programme funds innovative healthcare teams to test new solutions to improving the quality of healthcare in the UK. This is fantastic news as only 23 of the 340 or so applications for the fund were successful.

The award will allow the Trust to develop and evaluate a group-based programme for people with Mild Cognitive Impairment (generally defined as significant memory loss without the loss of other functions). Dr David Pearce, Clinical Lead at Devon Partnership NHS Trust, together with a project manager and occupational therapists are aiming to support at least 70 people over the 15 months of the project. Treatment will be based on self-management principles which have been effective in supporting people with depression locally through the Co-creating Health project.

Dr David Pearce comments: “We are very excited about this programme which will provide an evidence-based therapeutic programme to help this important group of people improve their quality of life and hopefully work towards reducing their risk of dementia.”

Dr Jane Jones, Assistant Director at the Health Foundation, said: “This is the fourth round of the Shine programme, and we are delighted to be working with 23 new teams from across the health service. We are excited to see how these teams and new approaches can deliver better health care by addressing the challenges of patient safety, person-centred care and improving quality whilst reducing costs.”

The Shine programme is designed to support health care practitioners to try out new ideas in ways that can be measured and proven.
The Health Foundation is supporting the chosen teams by providing funding of up to £75,000 each to run and test their quality improvement ideas, and by providing external expertise in assessing the impact and evaluating the effectiveness of their interventions.

Richard Edgeworth, Healthcare Consultant at Springfield Consultancy, who provide the external expertise to the Shine project teams, said: “It’s great that the Health Foundation is supporting small teams who need protected time to test out their big ideas, especially as time is such a precious commodity in health care these days. Shine projects are exciting, but we can also expect them to experience some challenges. It can be these challenges that provide the most valuable learning about how to go about implementing new ideas in health care settings.”

All project teams will have started their three-month set-up phase by the end of June 2014, with the implementation period running from September 2014 to August 2015. A final event to share learning will take place in September 2015.
For further information about Shine visit the Health Foundation website