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£10m to encourage innovation and training for nurses

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A £10m fund has been set up to launch health innovation and education ‘clusters’.

These will bring together organisations from across the NHS, higher education, industry and the charitable organisations to improve the knowledge and skills of NHS staff. The Department of Health hopes the clusters will provide best practice education and training for nurses and other clinicians.

Health minister Lord Darzi said: ‘[These clusters] are special partnerships that draw on the wealth of skills and experience of their members to improve the development of high-quality care and services by quickly bringing the benefits of research and innovation directly to patients.

‘These projects will attract and encourage the best talent who can recognise and rapidly adopt new and innovative healthcare and treatment.’

Dr Moira Livingston, strategic head of workforce and acting postgraduate dean of North East strategic health authority, said the clusters would ‘help to drive up quality standards in education and training.’

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  • Jon Harvey

    I hope we don't over 'projectise' this - and make it more rather than less difficult to innovate and come up with good ideas. I take the view that all people - given the right mix of encouragement, support & challenge will naturally bubble forth with many ideas to improve services, cut costs.

    I once heard of a Japanese expert talking about improvement. He asked his audience "what is the most important word for managers if they want to get innovation?" Suggestions came back like "reward", "respect", "coach", "incentivise" etc. He replied that in his opinion - the most important word was "allow"...

    Whatever ideas come out of this initiative sponsored by Lord Darzi - I would love to add them to my blog - which is dedicated to supporting, stimulating and celebrating the small creative ideas that are making big differences to the public services. Please visit, browse and contribute. Thanks.
    Jon

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  • Jon Harvey

    The website is:

    http://smallcreativeideas.blogspot.com/

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