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About the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement

The NHS Institute transforms good ideas into workable solutions for an improving NHS.

The purpose of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement is to support the transformation of the NHS, through innovation, improvement and the adoption of best practice. Our vision is to be an innovative and pioneering centre for healthcare improvement, building energy and enthusiasm for evidence-based change in England. Our mission is to enable and support the NHS system to transform health and healthcare for patients through a strategy of creating inventive, clinically-led and tested practical ideas which will build skills and capability for continuous improvement and support for leaders to drive real and lasting change. We play a central role in supporting the national approach to the NHS cost and quality challenge.

The NHS Institute is currently in the process of transforming into a new organisation that will no longer be an Arms Length Body (ALB).  The new organisation will have a stronger commercial edge and will continue to support the quality and efficiency challenges facing the NHS.

In five years we have developed proven and effective products in critical clinical areas which could save the NHS £6bn.

At the NHS Institute: we are facilitators of change for improvement, working alongside the frontline of the NHS

we are central to helping deliver quality and value to improve care for patients and efficiency for the service

we interpret NHS policy change and work with local staff to generate practical solutions

we are the NHS' own improvement agency, pioneers in effective innovation, continually learning and translating great ideas from other sectors

we understand the NHS because we are part of the NHS.

Our work in 2011-12

Recognising the pace of change across the NHS during the next year we have started conversations with NHS organisations across England to discuss how we can work together to help with the tough challenges in respect of QIPP agenda and major efficiency challenges.

Last year we worked with over 80% of NHS trusts to deliver products, services, assistance with implementation and training to help organisations increase productivity and efficiency and improve care.

For this year we’ve strengthened our offer with:

  • Further developments to the Productive Series
  • More focus on safer care and delivering quality and value
  • A suite of commissioning modules developed to meet the needs of GP-led consortia
  • Major work to support aspirant FTs to increase productivity and efficiency
  • New system development to support local authorities, consortia and providers develop the new partnership arrangements. 

Our objectives for 2011/12

Our focus will be on continuing to provide the NHS with a high level of support and activities to help healthcare organisations deliver on QIPP and efficiency challenges.

We will also be working to change the organisational form of the NHS Institute following the Arm’s Length Body Review in July of last year. 

Download the NHS Institute's Business Plan 2011/12 (NHS Institute Business Plan 2011-12 1.7 MB) for details of our work.

A new NHS Institute for a new NHS landscape

The review of Arm’s-length bodies (part of the Liberating the NHS) concluded that some functions of the NHS Institute would transfer to the NHS Commissioning Board and that we should explore commercial delivery models for its future. In response a Change Board was established with senior NHS leaders and a business case, that assesses new status options, was submitted to the Department of Health in March 2011.

The recently announced pause in the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill may impact the exact model for the future of the NHS Institute, but we are not letting this hold us up. We are making good progress in contracting directly with NHS organisations for a one to three year period with the incentive that longer partnerships are able to attract significant discounts in cost to trusts and consortia.

Talking to us about our work
Our Area Directors work across England in patches which equate to the strategic health authorities and they are your first point of contact if you would like to discuss our work and your needs.

Contact the Area Director responsible for your geographical area:

North East - North West - Yorkshire & The Humber

Lynne Winstanley
E lynne.winstanley@institute.nhs.uk

East Midlands and East of England

Charlie Keeney
E charlie.keeney@institute.nhs.uk

West Midlands and South West

Elaine Latham
E elaine.latham@institute.nhs.uk

London, South East Coast and South Central
Paul Unsworth
E paul.unsworth@institute.nhs.uk

If you’re not sure who to contact you can email us at enquiries@institute.nhs.uk or call us on 02476 475 800

How we work

Our work is always informed and developed through discussion with people from all parts of the NHS - clinicians and frontline staff at every level.

We abide by three fundamental principles:

  • Co-production with the NHS.
  • Rigour and challenge.
  • Agility and responsibility.

What we can do for you

In 2011-12 our work is all about embracing change and being adaptable, flexible and open to new ways of working with our colleagues in the service to meet the demands of delivering healthcare while we emerge as a nation from the economic recession.

We are very aware of the challenging times ahead for the NHS, ourselves included, and we are uniquely positioned and have the ability to help meet the demands of increasing quality and efficiency with more limited resources.  We have developed a wide range of products, training programmes and resources to help you, your team and your whole organisation make innovation and improvement important elements in your drive for quality and efficiency.  You will find information on these by browsing this website.

Click here to view a full list of all our products (149.76 KB).

Alternatively you can browse our online catalogue

NHS Institute Annual Report and Accounts

Find out more about our achievements by reading our annual reports.

Download the  NHS Institute Annual Report and Accounts 2010/2011

Download the  NHS Institute Annual Report and Accounts 2009/2010

Download the  NHS Institute Annual Report and Accounts 2008/2009

Why the NHS Institute?A national coordinated focus on the biggest challenges to the service. Applying rigorous methodology to develop ideas. Co-production with the NHS full integrated solutions. Bringing in the best from across the NHS, industry and internationally.