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Regional Innovation Fund (RIF)

 

The Regional Innovation Fund provided support to promote the adoption of innovation and the spread of best practice across the NHS. NHS England took over the management of the RIF in 2013 and ran two consecutive calls for 2013/14 and 2014/15 years funding 87 projects in total. The last funding call for projects closed in May 2014.

The fund provided an opportunity for the NHS to change lives, helping clinicians to work in new ways, and driving the changes that patients want to see. The RIF also encouraged strong partnerships with industry and third sector to drive the adoption of new technologies.

Click on the list below or use the browse option to view a selection of case studies produced by RIF teams.

Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) plus incorporating ICOUGH UK

Major surgery particularly in the context of cancer poses a massive physiological and emotional challenge for patients and their families. Post-op pulmonary complications...

Functional Electrical Stimuation for MS patients

People diagnosed with a long-term condition such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) often accumulate a variety of symptoms which preclude active participation in their usual activities of daily...

TRIumPH – Treatment and Recovery In PsycHosis

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust working with the support of Wessex AHSN have developed a new psychosis pathway with an emphasis on early access and interventions. The...

T1K1: Health improvement of children and young people with Type1 diabetes using simple Telehealth

Diabetes takes a severe toll on those who develop it with life expectancy reduced on average, by 23 years in people with Type 1 diabetes. The challenge for healthcare professionals is to...

Behaviour change through film

Improving patient and carer experience by staff delivering compassionate care to patients is a key priority for East London NHS Foundation Trust. This innovation has used the...

Improving Quality of HIV Patient Care Data

A team at the Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust has developed and implemented a database and user interface that has been designed to serve both national...

Video Pre-Operative Assessment Clinic

As a tertiary referral centre for the South West of England, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust found 40% of patients were travelling large distances to attend hospital for treatment...

Breathing Easy

Childhood asthma prevalence and hospitalisation in our local population rates remain high despite the availability of treatments capable of adequately managing the symptoms of the majority...

Development of Vocational Rehabilitation Service for Stroke Patients

The development of a formal vocational rehabilitation service was designed to identify the precise number of individuals who need support in maintaining or achieving their vocational...

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

LLLT is a local application of a special light source to treat radiotherapy induced inflammation of the lining of mouth (oral mucositis) in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy...

Patient Rescue

Patient Rescue: An automatic in-hospital patient tracking, alerting and referral system for Acute Kidney Injury and to prevent Serious Adverse Events (emergency ITU admission, emergency...

Improving the Quality and Safety of general practice

An intervention to support General Practice populations where the future of the practice is uncertain and there are ongoing concerns regarding quality of care for patients. ...

Jigsaw Innovation Hub

Innovation can deliver improvements in patient safety, experience and the costs of providing it. All staff should be involved in innovation and be encouraged to have their voices heard. ...

Whizz-Kidz Mobile App

Whizz-Kidz believes that it is vital to use all available channels to reach disabled children and young people. We are also passionate that the customer should be at the centre of...

All About Me

A simple document, a simple solution designed to communicate and enable understanding of an individual's fundamental 'patient-centred' care needs. All About Me is a document...

A programme of support for people following a Very Low Calorie Diet to reverse Type 2 Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes has huge costs to the NHS and the individual, both in terms of physical health complications and increased vulnerability to poor mental health. Any improvement in the...

Animated Biofeedback Service for Dysfunctional Voiding

Animated biofeedback is a new innovation, being applied to train a child to void normally. It has been set up in only a handful of UK centres over the last 3 years. Urinary...

Patient Rescue

An automatic in-hospital patient tracking, alerting and referral system for Acute Kidney Injury and to prevent Serious Adverse Events (emerging ITU admission, emergency surgery and...

Accelerating High Impact Innovation Adoption: Innovation Insight for NHS Providers and Commissioners (IOFM)

Intra operative fluid management (IOFM) together with other key elements of operative care are critical factors to achieving better surgical outcomes and enhanced recovery, particularly in...

VERU - Vascular Enhanced Recovery Unit

Streamlining the process and ensuring patients are being given optimal care and rehabilitation as soon as possible. After reviewing the current processes in place for...

Electronic Geriatric Assessment Tool

Health services around the world need to consistently deliver high quality care at lower cost and against rising expectations and demand. To achieve this we need to continually improve our...

Improving access to HIV testing through a novel home testing approach

Twenty five per cent of the estimated 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK are undiagnosed. Increasing access to HIV testing and reducing late diagnosis are both public...

Doctor First

A new approach to addressing patient demand. Doctor First is not just a way of telephone consulting; it is a fundamental change ot the way GPs look at their working day...

A New Integrated Electronic Patient Record for use in a Pre-Hospital Environment

WMAS is developing a new integrated electronic patient record (EPR) storing live data streamed from peripheral devices such as ECG monitors, AEDs, pulse oximeters, etc, as well as the more...

Accessibility and Acceptability of a Patient Self-Management System for Diabetes

It is well established that patient self-management has a positive impact on clinical outcomes in diabetes. However, supporting this critical activity remains a major challenge due to lack...

Powered Neuro Wheelchairs

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive neurological condition that can cause, among other symptoms, muscle fatigue and wasting. This can lead to mobility problems, including...

HeadSmart

HeadSmart is a professional and public awareness and education campaign which aims to reduce the delays in diagnosis of brain tumours in children in the UK. We know that...

RIPPLE: Respiratory Innovation: Promoting a Positive Life Experience

The Department of Health estimates that there are 3 million people in the UK living with COPD. Many of who can become socially isolated finding it difficult to engage in their desired...

Innovation in West Hampshire

The CCG's 'Innovation in West Hampshire' project was about delivering sustainable transformational change within the organisation, markedly increasing capability and capacity for adopting...

Neuro Early Warning Scores

Neuro is an electronic, mobile app to collect nursing observations and calculate 'early warning scores' (EWS). This will replace paper collection and recording of nursing...

PSA Tracker

As the most prevelant form of cancer among men, there has been increased demand for Prostate Cancer treatment and follow up care. Royal Devon & Exeter Trust have developed the PSA tracker...

East Kent Integrated Care Pathway for Diabetics

The four CCGs in East Kent commissioned an integrated care pathway with the service re-designed to put the patient at the centre of their care. The strategy set out a vision...

CaS-per electronic referral system for Radiotherapy

This is an electronic registration, referral and scheduling system specifically designed to streamline the radiotherapy referral process. It allows clinicians in hospital and peripheral...

Patient held Self-toxicity Assessment

Chemotherapy toxicity management is an essential part of managing a patients treatment. Effective support will ensure that a patient can complete their chemotherapy cycles at the optimal...

Nurse-led Enhanced Osteoarthritis (OA) Service in South Shropshire

The South Shropshire locality commissioning group identified the need for improved care for patients with osteoarthritis in Shropshire and sought a means of providing alternatives to the...

CORTEX - Catching Osteoporosis on routine CT scans as an added extra

Early diagnosis of Osteoporosis improves quality of life and offers significant cost savings. CORTEX is an innovative approach to improving the diagnosis of osteoporosis...

The Hydrant

A unique hydration system - solving the problem of reaching, lifting and holding drinks Dehydration is probably the single biggest issue in healthcare, and one of the main...

Nurses supporting Shared Haemodialysis Care

There are 22,000 patients with kidney failure who are treated with dialysis in the UK, of whom about 17,000 attend dialysis centres on a 3 times weekly basis to receive their treatment...

Creating a Culture of Curiosity

This initiative aims to create a 'culture of curiosity' to establish an environment where bright ideas flourish and innovative ideas are adopted to embed innovation as core trust business....

Creating a sustainable online support community for a diabetes clinic

Patients with type 2 diabetes are typical of people with long term conditions in that they need to fully understand their condition and be motivated to adopt lifestyle changes. ...

Whizz Kids - Using innovative technology to deliver better healthcare at lower cost

Whizz Kids have developed a set of innovative technological initiatives in order to deliver a better and more cost effective service to disabled people. The Regional...

West of England Academy

We have talented individuals delivering examples of best practice leading and embedding quality improvement within our organisations. The project addresses key workforce...

My Health Locker

Myhealthlocker is the leading example of a patient held record system in use within UK mental health services Patients with mental health problems consitute on in four...

Implementation guides for high impact innovations

Existing services and tools available to NHS staff for Innovation and Adoption do not support Diffusion: take-up across the UK of local service improvements ("innovations") that have been...

Perfect Depression

In Cheshire and Merseyside there is a suicide every two to three days. Working with service users, we redesigned a depression care pathway to meet the needs of the population with clear...

Swallowing & Technology - the Lancashire approach

The Speech and Language Therapy Team at Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust believed they could deliver an improved response time to dysphagia referrals (remote access to...

Pathology Optimisation – Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG

There is evidence that a significant proportion of pathology tests may be unnecessary and overtesting may cause harm to patients, either by increasing anxiety and concern or patients...

Development of a multi-gene genetic test for patients with Cleft Palate

Cleft palate without cleft lip (CPO) occurs in 1 in 1000 live births with between 25-40% associated with small jaw and breathing problems called Pierre Robin sequence (PRS). ...

Activating Innovation and Change training programme

This practical skills development courses enables all delegates to come to the course with a real life challenge or project which they are considering initiating or in the early stages to...

Improving the Psychological Wellbeing of Deaf British Sign Language Patients

There is a significant need for Psychological Therapy amongst the Deaf population because they are twice as likely as hearing people to develop mental health problems, and there is a need...

Itchy, Sneezy, Wheezy (ISW) Project

The Yorkshire based Itchy, Sneezy, Wheezy project is a collaboration between Sheffield Children's NHS FT and NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group. The clinic has been...

Cancer Rehabilitation for upper Gastro-intestinal (GI) patients from Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

The benefit of exercise and physical activity for chronic diseases is well known and in recent years has attracted interest in the field of oncology. Support and guidance is...

Improved access to HIV testing through home testing

Increasing access to HIV testing and reducing late diagnosis are both public health and government priorities. Of those who are diagnosed with HIV, approximately half are...

Identification and Training of Innovation Champions

An innovative solution to accelerate the capture, development and adoption of innovation. As described in Innovation Health and Wealth (2011), the NHS is routinely recognised...

EPISCISSORS-60

Episiotomies are performed to enlarge the birth passage at the time of crowning of the baby’s head, and are used in 15% of UK births.

Image capture for improved diagnosis and outpatient discharge planning in ENT

Ear. Nose & Throat (ENT) Services see in excess of a million new patients and a total of 2.5 million outpatient consultations across England per year. Previous studies have...

Interface for GP requesting for Radiology and Improved Patient Communication

Facilitating improved communication with patients and General Practitioners using the services provided within Radiology Radiology at Aintree University Hospital NHS...

Remote monitoring and shared decision making for upper limb MSK conditions using MSK Kinect

An innovative way of sharing assessment information across the primary and secondary care IT interface. The aim of the project was to create a specific tool to measure...

NHS England (Merseyside) improving the quality of care for patients with Long Term Conditions

NHS England (Merseyside) Area Team commissions primary care services for some of the most deprived populations in the country. Health outcomes for Merseyside are significantly...

Mapmydiabetes: Patient self- management system for diabetes

An innovative method for personalised weight management in patients with type 2 diabetes, delivered by an accessible, scalable eHealth solution: Mapmydiabetes. ...

Matthew’s Book

Using video, audio and photos alongside text is a prevalent feature of our culture and social relations, yet have made little inroad into the social relations that represent our welfare...

Dementia wristband

This project aimed to raise staff awareness of people with dementia or other significant memory problem and improve the quality of their care. B ased on a patient-worn...

Tele-clinics for Chronic Kidney Disease

An innovative Tele-clinic for Chronic Kidney Disease. This collaboration between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust and CCGs in Barnsley and Sheffield, aimed to...

Enhancing Innovation - from Ward to Board

A proposal to develop Surrey and Sussex Healthcare organisational infrastructure for the adoption of innovation and best practice Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH)...

EPaCCS in Norfolk

Good end of life care can depend on providing the right care in the right place at the right time. Electronic Palliative Care Co-ordination System (EPaCCS)...