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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.


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

Case study arrowDiabetes 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 provide the environment in which diabetes can be jointly managed, promoting self-care and empowerment.

T1K1 team pictureT1KZ was established in Durham to support young people and children with Type1 diabetes and their families. The group is hosted by Investing in Children and offers support to families and carers using Florence Simple Telehealth across the North East and Cumbria, and works with Sunderland and Newcastle Universities to identify and support students with Type1 diabetes.

Young people and children take a lead and, supported by project workers, meet with diabetes paediatric teams and attend clinics to speak to young people about setting up T1KZ in their local area. This is very intensive and can mean multiple visits to clinics and researching the local area to identify appropriate venues for groups.

We learned

  • Changing clinical practice is not something that can be achieved overnight, and adoption has been slower than hoped. 
  • We underestimated the amount of resource required to recruit children and young people to T1KZ.
  • The project has delivered real benefits to children young people and their families.
  • Engagement has been strong and individual staff attended meetings, training, and events in their own time.  Teams have learned from each other and although there have been predictable challenges there has been a genuine will to overcome them and work together
  • Working with Universities and transition teams has identified a lack of support for young adults especially those living away from home for the first time

Kelly, a young girl who had a chaotic family life and high HbA1c, tended to return from school, change and go out without testing her glucose levels. She received reminder texts and within 6 weeks her readings were within normal range for the first time in several years.

Award Value: £29,800

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Contact Name Liz Allan Email address liz.allan5@nhs.net

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