Primary Care Innovation
The answer to the question of how to make the NHS sustainable invariably includes primary care: the idea of keeping patients out of hospital and closer to home. Making this a reality will inevitably mean finding innovative ways to deliver this care, as the Five Year Forward View made clear. It is also not merely a matter of coming up with good ideas – something in which the NHS has a sterling track record – but identifying ideas quickly and accelerating their spread.
This award will recognise NHS primary care teams and organisations that have embraced innovation. The judges will be looking for evidence-based innovations based on existing best practice – we are not seeking examples of reinvention of the wheel. Instead, we want to see projects in which best practice has been implemented and built upon, leading to better primary care. We are particularly keen to hear about innovations which have had a cross-organisation and cross-sector impact.
- A clear rationale for the innovation
- An explanation of how the innovation drew on existing best practice
- Evidence the innovation has led to improved patient care, improved experience, improved outcomes and/or improved value for money. This must have a quantitative aspect, but can include qualitative feedback as well.
- Innovations which have already embedded and spread to other organisations and settings. Alternatively, clear evidence the work is potentially replicable and scalable.
- Evidence the innovation has delivered financial savings alongside improved patient experience.
- Quantitative evidence of improved value should be supplied.
- Proof of consistently strong team and/or organisation engagement in innovation
- A culture in which all members of staff are able to raise ideas for improved practice
- Patient involvement in innovation
- Strong partnership working between primary care and other parts of the care system