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


Online QI toolkit
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.

Experienced Based Design
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, this toolkit 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.

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.

Thinking differently – NHS institute for innovation and improvement
A practical introductory guide to thinking differently from 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
A guide and website from the Royal Academy of Engineering, co-produced with engineers, clinicians and healthcare leaders. This guide presents a framework to apply an engineering approach to health and social care transformation in service design and improvement.

Ready to lead Hub
A poster and guide from Healthcare Improvement Scotland for new leaders developing skills for driving change.

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.

The spread challenge by the Health Foundation  How to support the successful uptake of innovations and improvements in health care.


Supporting behaviour change
A TEDx Talk by Dr. Tali Sharot, a Neurologist from University College London. Here she shares three ingredients to motivate behaviour change.