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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.


Improving Quality of HIV Patient Care Data

Case study arrowA 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 reporting needs and to streamline the process of documenting patient consultation information and generation of clinic letters.

HIV database screen shotThis innovation was developed to address particular needs in the care of HIV and AIDS patients. The aim of this project was to evaluate the benefits of the system at our Trust and to diffuse and share the innovation across other healthcare providers in our regional HIV network; the Mersey, Cheshire & North Wales HIV Managed Care Network. We aimed to assess the appetite for our system and to seek opinion on whether the system does create benefits.



  • The improved data quality has increased our ability to conform to the future Payment by Results tariff as well as existing CQUIN programmes, ensuring that our Trust receives payment for services provided.
  • The audit process has been greatly streamlined. Our trust submits to national HIV audits and the process for obtaining and validating data has been reduced from 1-2 months to around 1-2 days

Key Learning

  • We now have strong validation processes in place.
  • We have started to receive reports on the data quality, which has helped improve the data clean-up and validation process.
  • Recognised that the system has potential benefits across other infectious disease areas e.g. hepatitis.
  • Our main learning is that adoption of healthcare information systems by other trusts is not at all straightforward and in many cases totally unfeasible due to the need to invest in the integration with other information systems already in place.

Award Value: £6,254

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Contact Name Julia West Email address julia.west@rlbuht.nhs.uk

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