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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.


TRIumPH – Treatment and Recovery In PsycHosis

Case study arrowSouthern 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.

TRIumPH logoThe pathway outlines clear evidenced based treatment standards and timeframes for the delivery of care, from referral through to recovery and reablement.  The pathway has been implemented in four Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) Teams covering a population of 1.3 million.  Measurement of health outcomes is currently underway e.g. crisis admissions, length of stay (LoS), employment, recovery.

Key learning from this work has been:

  • The use of data analysis and co-production workshops has enabled us to make a compelling case to prioritise this work.
  • Leadership from people who use our services has been invaluable
  • Successful implementation requires a clear implementation plan, project facilitators and a robust evaluation methodology in order to ensure that continuous quality improvement occurs and leads to a change in culture of services.
  • A critical factor is clinical engagement and strong clinical leadership

Momentum has been achieved through an engaged steering group with the right representation which meets monthly, to ensure success of the pathway. As an example, referral forms have been developed and the information team have been supporting the work to make data collection more efficient. This demonstrates that engaged teams provide an optimal milieu for innovation to improve care for patients.

The work has gained momentum due to support from patient groups like the Southampton Voluntary service and representation from Healthwatch on the steering group.

Award Value: £55,021

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Contact Name Shanaya Rathod Email address Shanaya.rathod@southernhealth.nhs.uk

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