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Innovation and development projects

In 2015/16, we allocated more than £1m to support innovation and development projects.


Projects running in 2015/16

Health Education England in the south west allocated more than £1m funding from within the workforce development budget to support innovation and workforce development projects identified and supported by the membership councils.

The 2015/16 application process took place between mid-February and April 2015 with more than 75 applications received during this period.  The value of the applications totalled £6.6m, making the fund nearly seven times oversubscribed.  Applications were received from 36 organisations and were scored with a minimum score of 60 per cent required to be considered suitable for funding by a membership council selected working group.

Successful applications comprised of acute, primary and community care trusts as well as further and higher education institutes, a CCG and a local authority.

Progress is monitored quarterly and reviewed to ensure the projects achieve their objectives, the funding is utilised appropriately and that benefits are realised and shared across the NHS but specifically across the South West. 

For information on the funded projects, please click on the links below.


Primary care

The Better Care Bristol Workforce and Organisational and Development Group secured £147,040 to develop a new role of Wellbeing Partner which will  will work alongside the development of the new models of car such as the multispecialty community providers (MCPs), as set out in the 5-year forward plan.

University of Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx), University of Exeter Medical School secured £140,000 for a fresh approach to supporting and developing the South West primary care workforce through pharmacy education for integrated care and medicine optimisation in general practice.



North Bristol NHS Trust secured  £150,002 for improving patient enablement and continuity of care by enhancing professional and organisational interface and education (IPECC) and £14,420 to establish a volunteer-led service at the trust providing complementary therapies for cancer patients and carers of cancer patients before, during and after treatment.

Plymouth Community Healthcare and Plymouth City Council secured £113,000 for systems leadership across health social care commissioning, community healthcare, acute care and adult social care in Plymouth.

Torbay and Southern Devon Health and care Trust  secured £48,349 for a programme to improvement to the standards of end of life care for people accessing care from the trust in both the hospital and the community.


Education and training

Association of Colleges – South West secured £61,000 for recruitment and retention to enable delivery (R2D).

North Devon Healthcare NHS Trust secured £80,000 for the development and delivery of health and social care practitioner career pathways.

South West Medicines Information and Training with the University of Bath and Somerset College of Arts and Technology secured £15,540 to support pharmacy technician delivered medicines optimisation across the healthcare sectors through post-registration training, assessment and accreditation programmes.



North Somerset Community Partnership secured £52,432 for partnership at home.

Plymouth University and Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital Clinical School secured £44,315 for managing hydration risk which is an education initiative for healthcare professionals, patients and carers.

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust secured £107,600 for Cornwall “BUDDIES” – bugs and drugs: delivering integrated education scheme.

Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group secured £45,000 for a workforce development project to support implementation of the Somerset Pathway for Frail Older People.

South Gloucestershire Public Health and Wellbeing Division secured £51,650 for a self-management preventative education and physical activity programme for pre-diabetes prevention across South Gloucestershire.


2014/15 projects

In total 68 bids were received with a combined value of £4.7 million. The South West Peninsula Membership Council has approved 11 bids with a total value of £509,959. The West of England Membership Council has approved 8 bids with a total value of £533,510.



This Page was last updated on: 15 July 2016

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