Innovations Network

What's working?  And how can the NHS learn from its own successes and those elsewhere in the health world?

There are many places inside and outside the NHS where the values of patient-centred service and healing are thriving. We have been actively seeking them out as we develop the College’s Innovations Network.

Here are the first few. Over the coming months a core of Network members will become Demonstration Sites, opening their doors to anyone interested in seeing practical examples of these new approaches to healthcare.

Explore our first group of innovators, and sign up for our newsletter to keep up to date with new additions. 

If you would like to be considered for our Innovators Network, please contact us info@collegeofmedicine.org.uk.

We now also have a network for Innovators to discuss projects - do join us at innovationsnetwork.ning.com

A School Based Integrated Health Centre, Penair School
Information, advice and guidance for young people primarily under the headings of: • Mental Health issues• Sexual Health & Relationships • Nutrition, Diet and Self Image • Drugs and Alcohol issues There are three centres: Bywva (Place of Life) at Penair; the Haven at Budehaven and the Crayon at Hayle. They promote good decision making by students who are aged 11-16 at Penair and Hayle...
Altogether better
Altogether Better has developed an evidence based approach to engaging, training and supporting individuals in communities to become volunteer Community Health Champions. Our aim is to work together with champions, patients and health care practitioners to improve the health and wellbeing of communities across the country. We do this by: • Strengthening the voice of Community Health...
Bristol Homeopathic Hospital
We deliver the best of NHS homeopathic care to the South West region and the Midlands. Our vision is to engage with patients to improve symptoms and wellbeing across a range of complex medical conditions. Year established 1994 Number of staff 12 Number of users 3,500 per year Is there a charge to users? No charge to patients. What makes your project sustainable...
The Bromley by Bow Centre is an innovative healthy living centre working in one of the most deprived boroughs in the UK. The Centre works with local people to empower them and transform the community. The Centre supports people in reaching their potential through a range of programmes that build collective and individual skills and capacities. Our aim is to remove the label ‘deprived’ from...
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 The CSMS comprises a unique highly skilled expert team of clinicians, managers, researchers and patients. Our aim is to develop, test and promote self management support (SMS) amongst patients, carers and workforces. We use rigorous evaluation methods to establish the quality, efficacy and health economic impacts of such work We are committed to collaborative partnership working,...
Complementary Therapy Service, Christie Hospital
This is an integrated complementary therapy service at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.  The team offers interventions and support for patients free at the point of delivery.  They are also involved in service evaluations and research projects. Work is disseminated through publications, educational events, courses and conferences.  The team also provides services for carers...
Connecting Communities
Bad health in poor communities is often linked to social factors, like anti-social behaviour and poor access to good food.  C2, short for Connecting Communities, was developed by ex community nurse Hazel Stuteley with the Health Complexity Group at Exeter University. It is an evidence-based, multi-agency programme, which delivers learning and skills needed to support residents in...
Connecting with People training
Connecting with People is evidence-based training for healthcare professionals in suicide and self harm prevention. The training is tailored for different clinical specialties. It aims to increase empathy, reduce stigma and enhance participants’ ability to compassionately respond to someone who has suicidal thoughts or following self harm. This programme supports the development of a...
Culm Valley Integrated Centre for Health
This project is an attempt to push the boundaries of general practice in terms of patient involvement and encouraging self help, thus generating better community health. The surgery's community health café, gardens, self diagnostic facilities and its extended virtual and group self help programme are all designed to help patients better care for themselves. Our patient group is involved in...
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  The Complementary Therapy Service promotes physical, psychological and spiritual well being to service users over 65 within Older Persons Mental Health Services, as well as support to their carers where appropriate. The Complementary Therapy Service provides a patient needs-led service that provides a harmonious therapy to promote physical, psychological and spiritual well being...
ExtraCare’s Wellbeing Service supports older people to live as independently as possible and be proactive in managing their own health and wellbeing. Wellbeing Advisors (Registered Nurses) support residents to make informed decisions about their lifestyle and health via a holistic Wellbeing Assessment. On average residents experience a 9% health improvement between first assessment and...
fit as a fiddle is funded by the Big Lottery Fund as part of their Wellbeing programme 2013-2015. It is designed by older people for older people to help improve their physical health and mental well being. fit as a fiddle comprises three projects: 1. fit for the future: improving mental and physical wellbeing of older people with long term conditions through increased activity. 2. The...
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Foxhill is a General Practice/Primary Care Service whose mission is to promote health and well-being, as well as provide crisis intervention and disease management. We place a high value on a positive compassionate healing culture and holistic medical care, embracing integrative approaches and fostering an atmosphere of ownership by patients over their healthcare.  Foxhill were...
Established in 1992 the Integrated Medicine Programme is based at Freshwinds, a unique charity based in Birmingham. Through the collective efforts of a strong team of medical and therapeutic professionals it offers innovative integrated care models to alleviate the health and well-being challenges faced by people living with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. The programme...
George Eliot Hospital Maternity Unit
Aromatherapy was introduced into the maternity unit at the George Eliot hospital to embrace its philosophy of normal midwifery care and as a tool for aiding childbirth. From 2013, the project has extended across the hospital. Aromatherapy is now a mainstream service within maternity embracing its philosophy of normality and a tool for aiding childbirth. Its qualities for relaxation...
This pre-employment programme tackles the wider determinants of ill health (a key domain in the Public Health Outcomes Strategy). Health intelligence suggests youth unemployment is a challenge. During recessions there are less entry level jobs, yet unemployment can significantly affect the future working life, confidence and health of a young person. There is a need to replace an ageing...
Get Into Reading (GIR) is The Reader Organisation’s pioneering outreach project. It currently runs 366 weekly read-aloud reading groups across the country in settings as varied as youth clubs, high-secure psychiatric settings, workplaces, dementia care homes, prisons, drug rehabs, schools, day centres, libraries and cafes. Shared reading groups provide an appealing and holistic service to...
A self-managing Club of people with dementia, carers, other older adults with acute needs & volunteers meeting weekly in Stockwell, Lambeth. The Club's main aim is to foster a strong sense of belonging among members, drawn from within and beyond the extra care home where it meets.   Year established The Healthy Living Club was launched in 2012, but the community which forms...
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HELP bring residents and services together to create stronger communities, improved services and better health and wellbeing.  It supports communities, community groups, practitioners, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Health and Wellbeing Boards and other public services to empower and transform neighbourhoods with the toughest challenges and the highest health and social spending....
ICATS Chronic Pain is a community based service in Kent helping people who suffer from persistent and severe pains to develop ways to self manage their pain. Their team of specialists in pain management include nurses, doctors, psychologists, physiotherapists, supportive practitioners (Alexander Technique teachers, acupuncturists, and Tai Chi instructors) and an administrative team. It is...
Living Medicine is an educational charity which reskills people in how to use food and plants as medicine. It aims to develop self care learning and medicinal gardens as new resources for mainstream healthcare.    Year established 2004 Number of staff Paid Staff (FT equivalent): Currently none as we are in post-pilot mode applying for funding and developing our new...
London Pathway homeless service at UCLH
The London Pathway is a model of integrated healthcare for single homeless people and rough sleepers. Its aim is to put the patient at the centre of their own care pathway and works towards transforming health outcomes for one of the most vulnerable and deprived groups in our society.  They believe that their model of healthcare, developed for and with homeless people, will also help...
Using the principles and practices of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) we support communities to identify, connect and mobilise their personal, associational, physical, economic and institutional assets. We also work with institutions (for profit, non-profit, governmental and non-governmental) to support them to use their supportive functions to partner with communities in their...
PATHS (Promoting Access To Health Services) aims to improve attendance rates for homeless patients at any appointment deemed helpful to their overall sense of well-being. This may include a hospital based appointment, a mental health or addiction, social or spiritual appointment. It does this by providing volunteers to accompany the patient to and from the appointment. Volunteers may...
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Haughton Thornley Medical Centres have created a structure for as many patients as possible to access their health records via the internet. They are also encouraged to use transactional services and the practice-based web portal to support their ongoing health needs, alongside traditional face to face or telephone based services.  The way the service is managed supports a partnership...
Patient.co.uk is a leading independent health information website.  Its purpose is to provide trusted medical information and support to patients and the general public in the UK and to medical professionals. In January 2013, The Times recommended the site as ‘the top health website you can’t live without’ . The website contains over 900 patient-focused information pages, which meet...
Patient.co.uk is a leading independent health information website.  Its purpose is to provide trusted medical information and support to patients and the general public in the UK and to medical professionals. In January 2013, The Times recommended the site as ‘the top health website you can’t live without’ . The website contains over 900 patient-focused information pages, which meet...
Penny Brohn Cancer Centre
Penny Brohn Cancer Care meets the support and information needs of people living with and beyond cancer and their supporters. We do this through a range of residential and non residential courses, information on complementary therapies, psychological support services, complementary therapies and integrative doctors. PennyBrohn has recently developed an innovative weekly Treatment Support...
Complementary Therapy Service, Christie Hospital
The Prevention Plan™ is a ground breaking programme that enables individuals to determine their top health risks and receive a customised plan to lower those risks and become healthier. Health care costs are rising fast and effective solutions will not come forth from within the existing ‘treatment’ focused provider systems. For a long time it has been obvious to every individual and...
Royal Brompton Hospital Food Project
The project improved hospital food by procuring local and regional organic food.  It has increased the nutritional content of all aspects of patients' diets. All food is cooked on site using seasonal ingredients from traceable sources.  Year established 2003/2004 Number of staff 1,753 hospital staff on site Number of users Over 50,000 meals prepared for patients...
Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine
An NHS centre for integrated medicine, part of University College NHS Foundation Trust The Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM) is the largest and, as part of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH), the most integrated public sector provider of Integrated Complementary Medicine (ICM) in Europe. UCLH is one of the UK’s leading academic medical centres...
Southgate Medical Group
At SMG GP practice, we focus on Health and Wellbeing from a proactive and preventative point of view to help our patients avoid health issues in the future. We have a number of incentives in place both in-house and also working in partnership with patients and other members of the local community.     Year established 1956. We moved into new purpose built premises in 2010...
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The Green Dreams Project provides local, community-based solutions in East Lancashire to unemployment, isolation and reduced quality of life. The project prioritises those who other agencies have been unable to help. Our uniqueness is the triad of support that we offer: tailored coordinated care; marrying health needs with social needs; the creation of meaningful group activities. We do...
The Haven
The Haven aims to provide community based supportive and palliative care to improve the quality of life, emotional health and wellbeing of people affected by a range of life limiting conditions such as cancer, MS & MND. The Haven offers support at all stages from diagnosis onwards.  This support is also made available to all members of a patient's family.  A range of more than...
Adolescents and front line professionals have co-designed a web based 'app' to coach professionals in how best to meet the communication and health needs of young people. Everyone is welcome to see and download the app here.   Year established 2012 Number of staff 1 paid staff (F/T equivalent).  2 days a week of a freelance design team who worked over 3 months to...
Wester Hailes Health Agency
The Wester Hailes Health Agency provides a unique holistic service to an economically and socially disadvantaged community of approximately 12,000 people in SW Edinburgh. What's on offer is determined by consultation with service users and the wider community. Self care is enabled and encouraged through provision of : Physical activities such as community gardening Green gym A large...
Whole Person Care Course, The University of Bristol
The University of Bristol offers first year medical undergraduates a foundation training in whole person care care. The course features teaching on systems thinking, the therapeutic relationship, PNI, the arts in healthcare, compulsory creativity, and integrative medicine. It was the winner of the education section of our Innovations Award 2011. Read our interview with course founder Dr...