Innovation projects

What is the programme and its aims?
We secured funding to support the development of innovative projects around dementia and parity of esteem.

The dementia projects focus on improving timely and responsive support to people with dementia who are in crisis. The aim of these projects is to ensure people’s care is not escalated to higher intensity services such as emergency and hospital services where this could be avoided. As an outcome this it will enable them to function independently for longer, with an improved quality of life.

The parity of esteem projects focus on the national drive to achieve greater parity between mental health and physical health. The projects will do this by supporting innovative service models that support best practice in the treatment and management of physical health problems in patients with mental health disorders.

Why is the programme required?
The funding provided an opportunity to pump-prime new delivery models and innovative interventions that support best practice, in line with national guidelines and standards.

Who are the partners?

  • Clinical commissioning groups
  • Mental health trusts
  • Acute trusts
  • Provider organisations
  • Local authority organisations
  • East Midlands Academic Health Science Network

How are we making a difference?
The projects enable new and innovative models of service delivery to be piloted by a number of provider organisations across the East Midlands. Evaluation of the projects will provide an evidence base of their effectiveness in improving clinical and patient outcomes for people with dementia (and their carers) and people with serious mental illness. Additionally it will provide an evidence base for the potential for wider application across the East Midlands.

What’s next?
Twelve projects have been funded in total: five for parity of esteem and seven for dementia. The projects are for a one year period and ended in March 2016.

We hosted the East Midlands Innovation Projects Conference on 27 April 2016. The aim of this region wide event was to share best practice and innovative models of working. This was an opportunity for each project to present their findings, to consider the outcomes that have been acheived and to share learning. The event also included presentations from key note speakers, Professor Alistair Burns - National Clinical Director for Dementia, NHS England, Dr Sohrab Panday, Clinical Lead for Parity of Esteem, East Midlands Clinical Networks and Nick Hamilton and Dr Lucy Sitton-Kent from the EMAHSN. We developed a pdfpost event document which summarised the event and projects. 

We aim to support the roll out of successful projects across the East Midlands, and will work closely with the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) to do this. EMAHSN support the adoption and spread of proven innovations and evidence-based approaches, where improved outcomes have been demonstrated.

Who to contact for further information?
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Network Senior Quality Improvement Manager