Growing innovative models of health, care and support for adults

This briefing explains that innovative, often small-scale models of health, social care and support for adults could be scaled up to benefit as many people as possible | Social Care Institute for Excellence

Based on research conducted during the spring of 2017, this briefing from the Social Care Institute for Excellence offers the following key messages:

  • Innovation is needed more than ever as challenges grow. Innovation does not only mean technological breakthroughs or large restructures. New and better ways of delivering relationship-based care are needed, and already exist, but are inconsistently implemented or poorly scaled.


  • For innovation to flourish,  better ways to help people bring good ideas from the margins into core business need to be found . The keys to success are:
    • a shared ambition to embed person- and community-centred ways of working across the system, using the best available tools and evidence
    • co-production: planning with the people who have the greatest stake in our services from the beginning
    • a new model of leadership which is collaborative and convening
    • investment and commissioning approaches which transfer resources from low quality, low outcomes into approaches which work effectively
    • effective outcomes monitoring and use of data to drive change
    • a willingness to learn from experience.

The report also has a series of recommendations for Local and National Government.

Full report: Growing innovative models of health, care and support for adults



Managing transfers of care

The Local Government Association has published High impact change model: managing transfers of care: examples of emerging and developing practice.  This resource supports the High Impact Change model for managing transfers of care.  It contains examples for the eight system changes where there is evidence of impact, examples of emerging practice that are starting to make a difference and includes links to guidance and further information.

Advancing applied analytics

The Health Foundation has selected 12 projects to take part in the first round of its Advancing Applied Analytics programme.  The programme aims to improve analytical capability in support of health and care services.  It supports analysts who are working on local innovative projects, to help them demonstrate improvements to analytical capability in health and care services and provide lessons for the wider care system.

Acute care collaborations

NHS England has published No hospital is an island – learning from the acute care collaborations.  This report covers the learning from 13 acute care collaborations that were established as part of the new care models programme. It highlights six common strategies that have emerged, including the way clinical practices are being standardised; how vanguards are making better use of clinical support services; and how the skills of healthcare professionals are being used more creatively and flexibly.