Here are some resources to support the four stages of innovation, from invention right through to impact.


Creative Problem Solving Toolkit
There can be creativity without innovation, but there can be no innovation without creativity. The Creative Problem Solving Toolkit, which is accompanied by a selection of eight tools with explanatory videos and guidance notes, reflects the three steps of the creative problem solving process. View the Creative Problem Solving Toolkit.

Online QI toolkit
Our Online QI toolkit provides a library of Quality Improvement resources from the West of England AHSN.

Development, Impact and You
A toolkit created by Nesta on how to invent, adopt or adapt ideas that can deliver better results. Tools are divided into eight ‘I want’ sections for example; tools for people that want to generate new ideas, or to develop a clear plan. All tools are tried and tested. View the Development, Impact and You toolkit.

Experienced Based Design
Read an introductory guide from NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement to support the design of better experiences for patients, carers and staff. With supporting tools available online.

Improvement toolkit
From the North East and North Cumbria AHSN, read this toolkit which offers resources to improve quality of healthcare services and to review and improve team culture.


Adoption and spread of innovations and improvements guide
A practical and accessible guide produced by the West of England AHSN to support the adoption and spread of innovations and improvements within the health and social care sector. Read our adoption and spread guide.

A guide to making a QI poster
A practical guide to making a QI poster for submission to conferences. Our guide includes top tips from a submissions judge, answers to your most common questions, templates and advice on imagery and infographics. Read our QI poster guide.

A facilitator’s guide to the innovation journey
Our facilitator’s guide to the innovation journey includes videos, session plans and slide decks to help you facilitate improvement and innovation sessions with your teams. Tools covered by our guide include process mapping and greenhousing: SUN and RAIN model.

The spread and sustainability of healthcare improvement
A guide from NHS Scotland Quality Improvement Hub to increase understanding of the 10 key factors underpinning successful spread and sustainability of quality improvement. Read the guide on the spread and sustainability of healthcare improvement.

Thinking differently – NHS institute for innovation and improvement
Read a practical introductory guide into thinking differently from the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. Read the introduction to find out why thinking differently is more than just the next new buzzword.

Systems change: Engineering better care
Review the website from the Royal Academy of Engineering, co-produced with engineers, clinicians and healthcare leaders. There’s also a guide which presents a framework to apply an engineering approach to health and social care transformation in service design and improvement.

Ready to lead Hub
View a poster from Healthcare Improvement Scotland for new leaders developing skills for driving change. You can read the full Ready to Lead guide.

Against the odds: Successfully scaling innovation in the NHS
A joint report from the Innovation Unit and the Health Foundation which calls for new approaches to scaling tried and tested health care innovations. It highlights the need to create the right conditions to spread these successfully across the NHS. Read the joint report Against the odds: Successfully scaling innovation in the NHS here. 

The spread challenge by the Health Foundation
Read more about how to support the successful uptake of innovations and improvements in health care. 

The Evidence Repository
This provides a portal for members to share grey literature not published anywhere else, including QI projects, evaluations, and evidence summaries, with colleagues within the NHS, Public Health, and Universities. The aim of the repository is to reduce unnecessary duplication and improve sharing across our health system. View more about the Evidence Repository here.


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The West of England Academy

Explore our free Academy resources to gain essential knowledge and skills for innovative thinking in healthcare. Our resources include events, toolkits and online training.

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